The River

  • Dir: Jean Renoir

  • France/India/USA, 1951, English, 99mins, 35mm

  • Cast: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Jean Renoir’s first romance shot in Technicolor has been hailed by Martin Scorsese and Eric Rohmer as one of the most beautiful colour films ever made, and launched a new era of portraying India on screen. Based on a novel by Rumer Godden, the French master’s sublime drama chronicles a year in which the emotional lives of three upper middle-class young women are turned upside down with the arrival of a handsome American. Filming on location in India with young Satyajit Ray as assistant director, this timeless masterpiece, like the holy river in Bengal, has its rhythm of life that flows through “the cycles of birth and death and regeneration, and the transitory beauty of the world”.

Venice Film Festival: International Award

31/10 (Sun): Film talk with Thomas Shin

Restored by Academy Film Archive, in association with the BFI and Janus Films, with restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.


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