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Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali' is only Indian movie to feature in BBC's 100-best foreign language films

The film which released in 1955, was the first in the 'Apu' trilogy.

Last Updated: Nov 01, 2018, 02.58 PM IST
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LONDON: Satyajit Ray's epic masterpiece 'Pather Panchali' has been included by BBC's 100 best foreign language films but it is the only film from India to feature in the list.

Ray's film, released in 1955 and the first in his 'Apu' trilogy, was placed at number 15 in the list, which has been topped by Akira Kurosawa's 'Seven Samurai'.

The list was culled out from a poll where over 200 critics from 43 countries picked their best foreign language film.


It all narrowed down to 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages.

"27 of the highest-rated films were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese," according to the BBC.

Some of the notable films that featured in the list are -- Kurosawa's 'Rashomon ', Wong Kar-wai's 'In the Mood for Love', Andrei Tarkovsky's 'The Mirror', Asghar Farhadi's 'A Separation', Guillermo del Toro's 'Pan's Labyrinth', Ingmar Bergman's 'The Seventh Seal' and Alfonso Cuaron's 'Y Tu Mama Tambien', among others.

The BBC admitted that only four of the 100 films have been directed by women. However, it said that 45 per cent of the critics who took part in the poll were women.

Rare Pictures Of Satyajit Ray To Take You Back In Time On His 97th Birth Anniversary

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A Legend Is Born

2 May, 2018
Nearly a century ago, on this day, Satyajt Ray was born in a Bengali Brahmo family to legendary poet Sukumar and his wife Suprabha Ray. Little did the world know then, that he would grow up to be one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. His works made such an impact that legendary filmmaker Akira Kurosawa once said, "Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon." On Ray's 97th birth anniversary, here's going back in time with some rare pictures:

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