Great Moments In Film – Pather Panchali (1955)
I’ve spoken at length about this Bengali film (as seen here), so I’ll keep this short. This is the famous train sequence. Durga (Uma Das Gupta) takes her little brother Apu (Subir Bannerjee) to see the train. It seems rather straight forward, but there’s actually more to it than just that. Living in a very rural area, there are things they encounter that they can’t explain (such as the power towers making a very foreign noise).
More importantly, it’s showing change as they encounter industrialization. The world they both know will be coming to end in the very near future, whether they understand it or not. Sadly, that world changing event happens all too quickly for one of them.
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