Satyajit Rays classic Pather Panchali only Indian entry in BBCs list of 100 best foreign films

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New Delhi: Renowned auteur Satyajit Ray, hailed as one of the greatest filmmakers ever is revered for his craft and skills. BBC Culture released a list of 100 best foreign films of all times and it’s no surprise to see Ray’s masterpiece ‘Pather Panchali’ grab a spot in it.

‘Pather Panchali’ released in 1955 and is based on Bibhutibhushan Bandyopadhyay’s 1929 Bengali eponymous novel. The movie marked Ray’s directorial debut into Indian cinema. The movie happens to be the first part of the famous ‘Apu Trilogy’.

According to, as many 209 critics in 43 countries were polled to come out with the best in world cinema of the 21st century.

Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali’ is the only Indian film to have made to the coveted list of Best Foreign Films.

Seven Samurai (Akira Kurosawa, 1954)

Bicycle Thieves (Vittorio de Sica, 1948)

Tokyo Story (Yasujirô Ozu, 1953)

Rashomon (Akira Kurosawa, 1950)

The Rules of the Game (Jean Renoir, 1939)

Persona (Ingmar Bergman, 1966)

8 1/2 (Federico Fellini, 1963)

The 400 Blows (François Truffaut, 1959)

In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)

La Dolce Vita (Federico Fellini, 1960)

Breathless (Jean-Luc Godard, 1960)

Farewell My Concubine (Chen Kaige, 1993)

M (Fritz Lang, 1931)

Jeanne Dielman, 23 Commerce Quay, 1080 Brussels (Chantal Akerman, 1975)

Pather Panchali (Satyajit Ray, 1955)

Metropolis (Fritz Lang, 1927)

Aguirre, the Wrath of God (Werner Herzog, 1972)

A City of Sadness (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 1989)

The Battle of Algiers (Gillo Pontecorvo, 1966)

The Mirror (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1974)

A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)

Pan’s Labyrinth (Guillermo del Toro, 2006)

The Passion of Joan of Arc (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1928)

Battleship Potemkin (Sergei M Eisenstein, 1925)

Yi Yi (Edward Yang, 2000)

Cinema Paradiso (Giuseppe Tornatore, 1988)

The Spirit of the Beehive (Victor Erice, 1973)

Fanny and Alexander (Ingmar Bergman, 1982)

Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)

The Seventh Seal (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)

The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)

All About My Mother (Pedro Almodóvar, 1999)

Playtime (Jacques Tati, 1967)

Wings of Desire (Wim Wenders, 1987)

The Leopard (Luchino Visconti, 1963)

La Grande Illusion (Jean Renoir, 1937)

Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)

A Brighter Summer Day (Edward Yang, 1991)

Close-Up (Abbas Kiarostami, 1990)

Andrei Rublev (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966)

To Live (Zhang Yimou, 1994)

City of God (Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund, 2002)

Beau Travail (Claire Denis, 1999)

Cleo from 5 to 7 (Agnès Varda, 1962)

L’Avventura (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1960)

Children of Paradise (Marcel Carné, 1945)

4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)

Viridiana (Luis Buñuel, 1961)

Stalker (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1979)

L’Atalante (Jean Vigo, 1934)

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (Jacques Demy, 1964)

Au Hasard Balthazar (Robert Bresson, 1966)

Late Spring (Yasujirô Ozu, 1949)

Eat Drink Man Woman (Ang Lee, 1994)

Jules and Jim (François Truffaut, 1962)

Chungking Express (Wong Kar-wai, 1994)

Solaris (Andrei Tarkovsky, 1972)

The Earrings of Madame de… (Max Ophüls, 1953)

Come and See (Elem Klimov, 1985)

Contempt (Jean-Luc Godard, 1963)

Sansho the Bailiff (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1954)

Touki Bouki (Djibril Diop Mambéty, 1973)

Spring in a Small Town (Fei Mu, 1948)

Three Colours: Blue (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1993)

Ordet (Carl Theodor Dreyer, 1955)

Ali: Fear Eats the Soul (Rainer Werner Fassbinder, 1973)

The Exterminating Angel (Luis Buñuel, 1962)

Ugetsu (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1953)

Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)

L’Eclisse (Michelangelo Antonioni, 1962)

Happy Together (Wong Kar-wai, 1997)

Ikiru (Akira Kurosawa, 1952)

Man with a Movie Camera (Dziga Vertov, 1929)

Pierrot Le Fou (Jean-Luc Godard, 1965)

Belle de Jour (Luis Buñuel, 1967)

Y Tu Mamá También (Alfonso Cuarón, 2001)

The Conformist (Bernardo Bertolucci, 1970)

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)

Ran (Akira Kurosawa, 1985)

The Young and the Damned (Luis Buñuel, 1950)

Celine and Julie go Boating (Jacques Rivette, 1974)

Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)

La Strada (Federico Fellini, 1954)

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (Luis Buñuel, 1972)

Umberto D (Vittorio de Sica, 1952)

La Jetée (Chris Marker, 1962)

The Nights of Cabiria (Federico Fellini, 1957)

The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum (Kenji Mizoguchi, 1939)

Wild Strawberries (Ingmar Bergman, 1957)

Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

Rififi (Jules Dassin, 1955)

Scenes from a Marriage (Ingmar Bergman, 1973)

Raise the Red Lantern (Zhang Yimou, 1991)

Where Is the Friend’s Home? (Abbas Kiarostami, 1987)

Floating Clouds (Mikio Naruse, 1955)

Taste of Cherry (Abbas Kiarostami, 1997)

In the Heat of the Sun (Jiang Wen, 1994)

Ashes and Diamonds (Andrzej Wajda, 1958)

Landscape in the Mist (Theo Angelopoulos, 1988)

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