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The River

(DVD - 2005 )
Average Rating: 3 stars out of 5.
The River
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The film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River in India, around which their daily lives unfold. Harriet lives in a house overlooking the river with her English family. One day, a young American arrives at the home of his cousin, Mr. John, a widower who lives next door to Harriet's family. The young man becomes the focus of attention for Harriet, her older friend Valerie, and for Mr. John's half-Indian daughter Melanie.
Title: The river
[videorecording]
Publisher: [United States] : Criterion Collection, [2005]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Notes: Special features: New high-definition digital transfer from the 2004 film restoration; introduction to the film by Jean Renoir; new video interview with Martin Scorsese; 2000 audio interview with producer Ken McEldowney; essays by film scholars Ian Christie and Alexander Sesonske; stills gallery; original theatrical trailer; Rumer Godden: an Indian affair / BBC in association with Doordarshan ; produced & directed by Sharon Maguire (1995 : 59 min.)
Adapted from the novel by Rumer Godden
Originally released as a motion picture in 1951
Summary: The film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the holy Bengal River in India, around which their daily lives unfold. Harriet lives in a house overlooking the river with her English family. One day, a young American arrives at the home of his cousin, Mr. John, a widower who lives next door to Harriet's family. The young man becomes the focus of attention for Harriet, her older friend Valerie, and for Mr. John's half-Indian daughter Melanie.
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated
ISBN: 9780780029620
0780029623
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ri
Statement of Responsibility: a presentation of the Theatre Guild ; screenplay, Rumer Godden, Jean Renoir ; produced by Kenneth McEldowney ; directed by Jean Renoir ; Oriental-International Films, Inc
Credits: Director of photography, Claude Renoir ; editing, George Gale ; music, M.A. Parata Sarathy ; narration, June Hillman.
Performers: Patricia Walters, Adrienne Corri, Radha, Thomas E. Breen, Esmond Knight, Nora Swinburne, Arthur Shields, Suprova Mukerjee, Richard Foster.
System Details: DVD, region 1, full screen presentation; Dolby Digital mono
Other Language: Closed-captioned
Subject Headings: India Social life and customs Drama First loves Drama English India Social life and customs Drama
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films
Topical Term: First loves
English
Publisher No: RIV060 Criterion
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Feb 19, 2013
  • Ron@Ottawa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is the first colour film by director Jean Renoir. The visual is good and the story is about the coming of age for a British girl living in India, right next to a river.

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