+ intro by academic Varsha Panjwani
Jean Renoir’s film, set in the closing years of the Raj, offers many lessons in love.
Dir Jean Renoir
With Patricia Walters, Radha, Adrienne Corri, Esmond Knight
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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