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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

Director Jean Renoir’s entrancing first color feature—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 Bengal river around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir’s subtle understanding and appreciation for India and its people, The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and everlasting creation.

Credits

DirectorJean Renoir
ProducerKenneth McEldowney
ScreenplayRumer Godden and Jean Renoir
Adapted from the novel byRumer Godden
Production designEugène Lourié
Art directorBansi Chandragupta
Director of photographyClaude Renoir
Camera operatorRamanada Sen Gupta
EditorGeorge Gale
Music and technical adviserM. A. Partha Sarathy

Disc Features

  • High-definition digital transfer from the 2004 restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • Introduction to the film from 1962 by director Jean Renoir
  • Around the River, a 2008 documentary by Arnaud Mandagaran about the making of the film
  • Interview with filmmaker Martin Scorsese from 2004
  • Audio interview with producer Ken McEldowney from 2000
  • Jean Renoir: A Passage Through India, a new video essay by film writer Paul Ryan
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ian Christie and notes on the film by Renoir

    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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