Satyajit Ray's 'Pather Panchali' and 'Aparjito' in list of 99 best movies

Satyajit Ray's "Pather Panchali" and "Aparjito" feature in the list of the 99 best films of all time, according to a forthcoming book on world cinema by an American of Indian origin.

"Pather Panchali" (1955), a simple tale of a rural Bengal family, which won the Best Human Document prize at Cannes Film Festival in 1956, is ranked 43rd and "Aparjito" (1956) takes the 81st position.

"99 Remarkable Films of the World", excerpts from which were released Wednesday, ranks Orson Welles' 1941 masterpiece "Citizen Kane" as the best movie of all time.

"The list has resulted form the collective wisdom of a group of devoted film lovers of the Nevada region," author Rajan Zed told IANS.

He said no Bollywood movie stood a chance. Indian art house cinema, particularly from Kerala, missed out for want of adequate exposure outside India.

The book puts the 1952 Gene Kelly musical "Singin in the Rain" at No.2, while the 1942 Humphrey Bogart-Ingrid Bergman classic "Casablanca" is the third best film on the list.

Others films in the top 10 are "The Godfather", "2001: A Space Odyssey", "Lawrence of Arabia", "Vertigo", "La Regle du Jeu" (The Rules of the Game), "Gone with the Wind", and "Some Like It Hot".

"No one will agree with this list of best films entirely and no such list is ideal, but we came closer to whatever can be accomplished within constraints," said the Reno (Nevada)-based Zed.

"This is an inspiring selection of world cinema, films you need to be familiar with to be film literate," he added.

Director Steven Spielberg had the most films on the list, five, followed by Francis Ford Coppola, Billy Wilder, John Ford, Martin Scorsese, Charles Chaplin and Frank Capra with three each.

The newest film named in the book is "Fargo" from 1996, while the oldest is "The Birth of a Nation" from 1915. A majority of the films on the list, 71, were made in the US.

Indo-Asian News Service