A film by Jean Renoir
A story based on the immemorial themes of childhood, love and death ... Jean Renoir
Jean Renoir's intoxicating first colour feature shot entirely on location in India is a lyrical adaptation of Rumer Godden's autobiographical coming-of-age tale of an adolescent girl living with her English family on the banks of West Bengal during the waning years of British Colonial life.
Exquisitely shot in luminous Technicolor by Renior's nephew Claude, The River is a visual tour de force and a glorious, meditative tribute to the sights and sounds of Indian culture.
Perhaps, Renoir's most symbolic and spiritual film, displaying great humanity and refreshing simplicity. The River received tremendous international acclaim and remains one of his most popular films.
Winner of International Prize at Cannes in 1951
- New High Definition digital transfer
- Specially commissioned introduction to The River by Indian filmmaker Kumar Shahani
- Seven short films set in India (1899-1945) from the BFI National Film and Television Archive
- Fully illustrated booklet including essay and Rumer Godden interview by David Thompson
France, India, USA | 1951| colour | English language, optional English hard-of-hearing subtitles | 99 minutes | 2 disc set |Original aspect ratio 1.33:1 | Region 2 DVD
United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Short Film, SYNOPSIS: In Bengal, India, the teenager, Harriet, oldest daughter of a British family and her father is the manager of a jute factory. Her mother is pregnant and she has four younger sisters and one little brother. They have a quiet and comfortable life living in a big house nearby the Ganges River. Valerie is the teenage daughter the owner of the jute factory where Harriet's father works and she spends most of her time with Harriet. Melanie is the British-Indian daughter of Harriet's neighbor Mr. John who has just returned from an education in England. When the young American Captain, who lost one of his legs during the war comes to Bengal to visit his cousin Mr. John, the three teenagers fall in love with him. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Venice Film Festival, ...The River ( Le fleuve )