Cinema: New Picture, Oct. 20, 1958

Pother Panchali (Edward Harrison). One day in 1952, a 31-year-old commercial artist in Calcutta went down to the pawnshop with his wife's jewels. Then he rented an ancient Wall camera, and on the first fine Sunday after that, he rounded up a few actor friends, piled them into a taxi, and headed upcountry to a picturesque village he knew. There and thereabouts, heedless of the fact that he had never shot a foot of film in his life, Satyajit Ray (pronounced Sawt-yaw-jit Rye) plugged away at his movie project whenever he had a day off from his paying job. After about...

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