The River The River

The River

Jean Renoir

 
The River (Criterion DVD)

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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 holy 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
CinematographyClaude Renoir Sr.
Camera operatorRamanada Sen Gupta
EditingGeorge Gale
Music and technical advisorM.A. Partha Sarathy

Disc Features

  • New high-definition digital transfer from the 2004 film restoration
  • Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir
  • Rumer Godden: An Indian Affair, a 1995 BBC documentary that follows the author as she journeys back to her childhood home in India
  • New video interview with Martin Scorsese, a key figure in the restoration
  • 2000 audio interview with producer Ken McEldowney
  • Stills gallery featuring production photos and publicity stills
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Plus: Essays by film scholars Ian Christie and Alexander Sesonske

    New cover by Kathleen Cantwell

Film Essays

The River

By Ian ChristieFebruary 28, 2005

“A film about India without elephants and tiger hunts”—this was how Jean Renoir described what . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The River

By Alexander SesonskeSeptember 04, 1989

Jean Renoir’s hopes for a Hollywood production of The River had languished for two years when, . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The River

By Ian ChristieFebruary 28, 2005

“A film about India without elephants and tiger hunts”—this was how Jean Renoir described what . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The River

By Alexander SesonskeSeptember 04, 1989

Jean Renoir’s hopes for a Hollywood production of The River had languished for two years when, . . . Read more »