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The River (1951)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 19 December 1951 (France)
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The growing pains of three young women contrast with the immutability of the holy Bengal River, around which their daily lives unfold.

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Rumer Godden (novel), Rumer Godden (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 3 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete credited cast:
Nora Swinburne ... The Mother
Esmond Knight ... The Father
Arthur Shields ... Mr. John
Suprova Mukerjee Suprova Mukerjee ... Nan
Thomas E. Breen Thomas E. Breen ... Capt. John
Patricia Walters ... Harriet
Radha ... Melanie
Adrienne Corri ... Valerie
June Tripp ... Narrator (voice) (as June Hillman)
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Storyline

Harriet, now an adult, narrates the story of her coming of age, growing up as a British national and as a daughter of a jute press manager in the Bengal region of India, they living in the big house on the banks of one of the holy rivers. At the time, she is the eldest of six siblings - five girls and one boy - with another one on the way and with her being significantly older than the rest of her siblings. As such, she spends much time with an honorary member of their family, a late teen - not quite an adult - named Valerie, also a British national and the daughter of the jute press owner. Another friend, who recently arrived home from her western schooling, is Melanie, the biracial daughter of British national Mr. John and his deceased Hindu wife. Both Mr. John and Melanie realize her difficult position, straddling both the Hindi and western cultures. Their small world is shaken up with the arrival of Captain John, Mr. John's cousin and an American ex-military man who has one ... Written by Huggo

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A Motion Picture Masterpiece See more »

Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »

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This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #276. See more »

Goofs

In the narration at the start of the film Harriet states, "We were five children, four girls and my brother, Bogey." This is incorrect. There are actually five girls and a total of six children in the family; Harriet, Elizabeth, Muffie, Mouse, Victoria and Bogey. See more »

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Nan: I saw a spider this morning. That's lucky!
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Referenced in The Darjeeling Limited (2007) See more »

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Recommended by Scorsese.
11 February 2019 | by Amyth47See all my reviews

My Rating : 9/10

Being an Indian I knew I would be able to connect to this on some level even though it's a different time and place. I found it on Scorsese's top 10 list for Criterion and it certainly piqued my interest.

Good film. Yes the acting is a bit wooden but I think you could overlook it as it's made in 1950's by a foreign director and just what he has managed is commendable. I absolutely loved the voiceover narration by the protagonist and the cinematography is gorgeous to boot.

Great experience. Recommended.


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Language:

English | Bengali

Release Date:

19 December 1951 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The River See more »

Filming Locations:

Ganges River, India See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$53,357
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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