Satyajit Ray’s ‘Pather Panchali’ Enlisted In BBC’s Best 100 foreign language films

Only one Indian film, that is, Satyajit Ray’s Pather Panchali, has made it to BBC’s Best 100 foreign language films. The Great Indian Classic is enlisted at number 15.

BBC Culture polled 209 critics in 43 countries to find the best in world cinema. There were 100 films from 67 different directors, from 24 countries, and in 19 languages. And 27 of the highest-rated films were in French, followed by 12 in Mandarin, and 11 each in Italian and Japanese.

Akira Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai, a Japanese epic, stands at number one position in the list.

BBC stated, “One statistic we noted was that a quarter of the films on our list were East Asian: that is, 25 of them were made in Japan (11), China (6), Taiwan (4), Hong Kong (3) or South Korea (1). And the winning film, Seven Samurai, by the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa, was loved by critics everywhere – everywhere, that is, except for Japan. The six Japanese critics who voted didn’t go for a single Kurosawa film between them”.

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