Jeff's Reviews

Thoughts on every movie I've ever seen.

Pather Panchali (1955)

Directed by Satyajit Ray

Starring Kanu Bannerjee, Karuna Bannerjee, Chunibala Devi, Uma Das Gupta

I understand that the print of the film that I watched was old, decrepit, and had lost its luster due to the inconsistencies of older international cinema, but what else am I to judge the film on? Until I see a quality copy of this film, my rating stands.

I just can’t believe how bad this thing was. I mean, the production was just horrendously funny. The sound production magically gave the actors and farm animals gas throughout the movie.

And the subtitles? How come nobody ever seemed to understand that it is impossible to read white subtitles on a blinding white background? Is black outlining such a difficult concept? I’ve seen this mistake in a bunch of movies, but in this one it’s just so blatantly funny. Because of that idiocy, I had no fucking idea what the movie was about. I’d rather watch paint dry.

I don’t usually fall asleep during movies, but when there’s not really any hope of understanding the story on the screen, there’s not much point in watching it.

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