HOW TO WATCH:
We will not be watching the film together, it will be up to you to stream at home before we meet. Watch The River AT HOME via Criterion or via YouTube:
This IS a stand alone discussion of The River. Those who enjoyed Apu may also add to our sharing.
As part of our ongoing Pather Panchali/Apu trilogy of the 1950s and heavily influenced by Renoir, we will gather at discuss The River which is from a British colonialist perspective in contrast to the indigenous neorealism of Satyajit Ray.
The Apu Trilogy comprises three Bengali films directed by Satyajit Ray: Pather Panchali (1955), Aparajito (1956) and The World of Apu (1959). They are frequently listed among the greatest films of all time and are often cited as the greatest movies in the history of Indian cinema. The original music for the films was composed by Ravi Shankar.
They are based on two Bengali novels written by Bibhutibhushan Bandopadhyay: Pather Panchali (1929) and Aparajito (1932). The three films went on to win many national and international awards, including three National Film Awards and seven awards from the Cannes, Berlin and Venice Film Festivals. Produced on a shoestring budget (Pather Panchali had a budget of roughly ₹ 150,000 ($45,300 —equivalent to $423,700 in 2018)) using an amateur cast and crew, the trilogy is a milestone in Indian cinema and remains one of the most acclaimed works in the Parallel Cinema movement.
Whereas The River is from a colonialist perspective (French: Le Fleuve) is a 1951 film directed by Jean Renoir. It was filmed in India. It is a coming of age film.
A fairly faithful dramatization of an earlier literary work of the same name (The River, authored by Rumer Godden), the movie attests to a teenager's coming of age and first love, and how her heart is broken when the man she falls in love with is smitten with her best friend instead.
The film was produced by Kenneth McEldowney, and original music was by M. A. Partha Sarathy. The cast includes Esmond Knight, Nora Swinburne and Arthur Shields.
We will discuss compare and contrast these movies from the 1950s in India.
Tamara has immersed in documentaries and video content on the Ganges River and invites us to explore and include the Ganges River [on Kanopy] in our movie discussion comparing the Apu Trilogy with The River for those who would like to do so. It's not necessary to have watched the Apu Trilogy--just watch The River  so we can discuss our perspectives of this movie.
Brio is an Italian restaurant near the Cherry Creek Shopping Center in Denver. Menu can be found here: https://brioitalian.com/main_menu-at-cherry_creek_mall.html
We've been enjoying Brio's outdoor area and their delicious happy hour menu. It's quiet enough for us to each other which is big plus as well. ;-)
Brio provides parking validation so it's free parking. From Google maps it looks like the 1 bus line stops about a block away. The Cherry Creek Trail also leads to the shopping center.