The River

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The River

by Jean Renoir

France

 

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Director: Jean Renoir

Sccript: Jean Renoir after Rumer Godden's The River

Cinematographer: Claude Renoir

Editing: George Gale

Cast: Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Adrienne Corri, Arthur Shields

Production: Kenneth McEldowney

Distribution:

Year: 1952

35 mm, Color, 99 min, OV with French Subtitles

Three teenage girls are living in Bengal (India) near a big river : Harriet is the oldest child of a big family of English settlers. Valerie is the unique daughter of an American industrialist. Melanie has an American father and an Indian mother. One day, a man arrives. He will be the first love of the three girls…

Movie about India - or more precisely about the English people living there back at the time and seen through the eyes of teenagers, The River is Jean Renoir's most formal masterpiece, an important transition between his days in America and his return to France. A denunciation of the idealism of the 1930s set in the 1940s. The movie's charactter prefer to renounce any kind of desire and turn thmselves away from life.

 
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