The River (Le Fleuve) (1951)

  • April 15, 2022 | 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM | Friday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Director: Jean Renoir
Runtime: 99 minutes
Country: France, United Kingdom, India, United States
Language: English, Bengali
Rating: PG


Cahiers du Cinema 1951

Venice IFF 1951

“Along the river were villages and people living and working…content in their traditions which had not changed for thousands of years.”
Harriet in The River

Full Synopsis

Based loosely on Rumer Godden’s novel of her colonial childhood in Bengal, Renoir’s first technicolour film is an idyllic evocation of India, impressionistically rendered in warm hues. Far removed from the political unrest in an India emerging from colonial rule, two teenage girls from an English expatriate family and their half-Indian neighbour, Melanie, vie for the attention of a disabled American war veteran– an outsider who looks to India to revitalise his wounded spirit. From the teeming bazaars and snake-charmers to the traditional performances and colourful cacophonies by the Ganges River, Renoir projects the girls’ ruminations on love, desire, death and life onto the Bengali landscape.

Supplementary Reading

Disclaimer: This programme features films which include outdated and historically inaccurate depictions, including instances of minstrel shows, yellow and brownface. Rather than deny or erase the colonial apparatuses in film history, these films and their complex legacies should be critically viewed in its original form, contextualised and discussed.

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