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Big screen classics

The River

Jean Renoir’s coming-of-age film centres on the teenage daughter of an English family living in Bengal.

Image from The River

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

Renoir’s adaptation of a novel by Rumer Godden (Black Narcissus) – a coming-of-age tale loosely centred on the teenage daughter of an English family living in Bengal during the Raj – is at once an outsider’s view of Indian culture, one of the great colour films, and a becalmed, near-mystical meditation on life’s vicissitudes. Time being eternal and cyclical, everything has its place in the scheme of things.

The screening on Wednesday 8 November will be introduced by Geoff Andrew, Programmer-at-large.


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