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Film Series : Kael's Causes Célèbres

The River

1951, Jean Renoir, USA/India, 99 min.
With Patricia Walters, Thomas E. Breen

Show Times

  • Fri, Jan 10th 4:00pm
  • Mon, Jan 13th 6:00pm

"A mythic poem set in the midst of the Indian river of life…serenely yet passionately beautiful."—Pauline Kael

Kael said, "Renoir is probably the greatest director of them all." The entrance-hall of her former house in Berkeley contains a commissioned mural based on the sand painting that opens Renoir's 1951 masterpiece. Set along the banks of the Ganges River, THE RIVER centers on three young women of British blood whose comings-of-age are catalyzed by the arrival of a troubled American war veteran. Renoir's film expands upon Rumer Godden's autobiographical novel to enlarge the presence of India as a both a spiritual and physical force, the latter rendered in stunningly photographed location settings that moved Martin Scorsese to rank THE RIVER and THE RED SHOES as "the two most beautiful color films ever made." 35mm. (MR)

Buy a ticket at our regular prices for WHAT SHE SAID: THE ART OF PAULINE KAEL, and get a ticket for any one film in the Kael's Causes Célèbres series at this discount rate with proof of your original purchase: General Admission $7; Students $5; Members $4. (This discount price applies to the second film only. Discount available in person at the box office only.)

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