The River (Special Edition)

Starring: Arthur Shields Director: Jean Renoir
The River (Special Edition)
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DVD Features:

  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 39 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1951
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Note: This Release Is A New High-Definition Transfer From The 2004 Film Restoration.
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Special Edition
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Dolby Digital Mono - English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Documentary: AN INDIAN AFFAIR (1995)
    • Audio Interview:
      1. Ken McEldowney Producer Of The River (2000)
      2. Martin Scorsese - Director
    • Introduction: Jean Renoir - Director
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Additional Text: Essay By Ian Christie And Alexander Sesonske
    • Stills/Photos:
      1. Production
      2. Publicity Photos

Performers, Cast and Crew:

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Directed by

Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 02/03/1989
"...A masterpiece....[With] some of the most exquisite color photography ever....Cinematic, emotional, you name it -- here's a great one..."
Entertainment Weekly - 03/04/2005
"[A] study of sorrow that's all the more pungent for being exquisitely pretty."
Uncut - 03/01/2006
5 stars out of 5 -- "[D]eep, powerful currents stir beneath its steady rhythms. A film of magisterial beauty."

Plot Synopsis:

Described by Renoir as, "an Occidental meditation on the Orient," the film adopts the languid rhythms of the East, as it tells the story of three adolescent girls coming of age in West Bengal after WWII. Harriet (Patricia Walters), a self-conscious aspiring writer, Melanie (Radha), a quiet Anglo-Indian girl, and Valerie (Adrienne Corri), an imperious beauty, are three friends united by their infatuation with Captain John (Thomas E. Breen), a WWII veteran who has moved into their neighborhood. Yet his melancholy, caused by losing his leg in the war, renders him impervious to their attempts to attract his attention. Patricia's amused but understanding parents (Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight) try to distract her with involvement in the small events of daily life. But even with her parents, tragedy can strike, as it does for Patricia, turning her world upside down. Only then can she begin to understand the Captain, and finally penetrate his isolation, achieving a kind of love far different than what she had imagined. Breathtaking color photography by Claude Renoir in a film that represents an undeniable mellowing of the director's vision.

Plot Keywords:

Coming Of Age | Love Triangle | Romance | Theatrical Release

Production Notes:

  • Satyajit Ray, one of India's greatest filmmakers, assisted director Renoir on this production.
  • This was Jean Renoir's first film in color.
  • Winner of the Grand Prize at the Venice Film Festival; named one of the Top Ten Best Films by the New York Film Critics Circle.

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