Director Jean Renoir’s entrancing first color feature—shot entirely on location in India—is a visual tour de force. Based on the novel by Rumer Godden, the film eloquently contrasts the growing pains of three young women with the immutability of the Bengal river around which their daily lives unfold. Enriched by Renoir’s subtle understanding and appreciation for India and its people, The River gracefully explores the fragile connections between transitory emotions and everlasting creation.
The River was restored by the Academy Film Archive in association with the BFI and Janus Films, with restoration funding provided by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The Film Foundation.
- High-definition digital transfer from the 2004 restoration by the Film Foundation, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- Introduction to the film from 1962 by director Jean Renoir
- Around the River, a 2008 documentary by Arnaud Mandagaran about the making of the film
- Interview with filmmaker Martin Scorsese from 2004
- Audio interview with producer Ken McEldowney from 2000
- Jean Renoir: A Passage Through India, a new video essay by film writer Paul Ryan
- PLUS: An essay by film scholar Ian Christie and notes on the film by Renoir
New cover by Kathleen Cantwell