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Spring 2007
February 13, 2007

Tommy Chong with "bongs" and the Operaton Pipe Dreams squadThe River

UK, 1951, 99 min., drama
Director: Jean Renoir

The beauty of India.. delightful humour...

This poem to the people living along a Bengali river asks us to see the variety and muddle of life without settling for one interpretation. Based on Rumer Godden’s novel, this coming of age story of three young women living in India in the twilight of English colonialism serves as a framework for Renoir’s greater purpose— to capture the rhythms and colours of Indian life in an effort to preserve the essential spirit of the locale.

The river runs, the round world spins
Dawn and lamplight, midnight, noon
Sun follows day, night stars and moon
The day ends, the end begins.

The River is a voyage of self discovery, unshakeably memorable and intensely human and real.

Martin Scorsese calls this film "one of the two most beautiful color films ever made" and one of his "most formative movie experiences."

LINKS

»  The River: The Critereon Collection. Review by Mark Bourne in DVD Journal.
»  The River. Review by Howard Schumann, CineScene, 2005.

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