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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 holy 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.

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Special Features New high-definition digital transfer from the 2004 film restoration Introduction to the film by Jean Renoir Rumer Godden: An Indian Affair, a 1995 BBC documentary that follows the author as she journeys back to her childhood home in India New video interview with Martin Scorsese, a key figure in the restoration 2000 audio interview with producer Ken McEldowney Stills gallery featuring production photos and publicity stills Original theatrical trailer English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired Plus: Essays by film scholars Ian Christie and Alexander Sesonske

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