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Big screen classics

The River

+ intro by academic Varsha Panjwani

Jean Renoir’s film, set in the closing years of the Raj, offers many lessons in love.

Image from The River + intro by academic Varsha Panjwani

France-UK-USA-India 1951
Dir Jean Renoir
With Patricia Walters, Radha, Adrienne Corri, Esmond Knight
99min
35mm
Certificate U

Renoir’s adaptation of Rumer Godden’s novel about an English family living in Bengal in the closing years of the Raj is both a coming-of-age story – structured as a woman’s remembrance of her confused, adolescent feelings for a visiting soldier – and a becalmed vision of life and death as an ongoing cycle. The Technicolor camerawork, by the director’s brother Claude, is stunning.

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