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November 29, 2008

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The River. Jean Renoir's 1951 screen version of Rumer Godden's autobiographical novel about expatriate life in India is one of the permanent masterpieces of adolescence, a gentle tale of innocence and experience filled with lush Technicolor images of a land of lost content. Renoir summed it up like this: "The discovery of love by small girls, the death of a little boy who was too fond of snakes, the rather foolish dignity of an English family living on India like a plum on a peach-tree: above all, India itself." David Thomson captured the essence of The River in eleven words: "So little happens, yet you feel the wheel of the world" (TT).

Posted November 29, 2008 9:24 PM

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