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The River

Jean Renoir

 
The River (Criterion Blu-Ray)

21 Apr 2015

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • France
  • 1951
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.33:1
  • English
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  • Spine #276

This entrancing first color feature from Jean Renoir—shot entirely on location in India—is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir’s subtle understanding of and appreciation for India and its people, The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and steadfast creation.

Credits

DirectorJean Renoir
ProducerKenneth McEldowney
ScreenplayRumer Godden and Jean Renoir
Adapted from the novel byRumer Godden
Production designEugène Lourié
Art directorBansi Chandragupta
CinematographyClaude Renoir Sr.
Camera operatorRamanada Sen Gupta
EditingGeorge Gale
Music and technical advisorM.A. Partha Sarathy

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital transfer from the 2004 Film Foundation restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Archival introduction to the film by director Jean Renoir
  • Around the River, a 60-minute 2008 documentary by Arnaud Mandagaran about the making of the film
  • Interview from 2004 with Martin Scorsese
  • Audio interview from 2000 with producer Ken McEldowney
  • New visual essay by film writer Paul Ryan, featuring rare behind-the-scenes stills
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ian Christie and notes by Renoir on the film, discovered in the filmmaker’s production files

    New cover by Kathleen Cantwell

Film Essays

The River

By Ian Christie February 28, 2005

“A film about India without elephants and tiger hunts”—this was how Jean Renoir described what drew him to The River. Guided by Rumer Godden’s autobiographical novel, he rejected the India of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The River

By Alexander Sesonske September 04, 1989

Jean Renoir’s hopes for a Hollywood production of The River had languished for two years when, in November 1948, a meeting with a Beverly Hills florist sent him on a reconnaissance trip to . . . Read more »

Clippings

Christmas Tales

October 30, 2008

In town for the New York Film Festival screenings of his much-admired A Christmas Tale, French director Arnaud Desplechin talked to Dennis Lim about his always allusive filmmaking style and his . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The River

By Ian Christie February 28, 2005

“A film about India without elephants and tiger hunts”—this was how Jean Renoir described what drew him to The River. Guided by Rumer Godden’s autobiographical novel, he rejected the India of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The River

By Alexander Sesonske September 04, 1989

Jean Renoir’s hopes for a Hollywood production of The River had languished for two years when, in November 1948, a meeting with a Beverly Hills florist sent him on a reconnaissance trip to . . . Read more »

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