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Cost: $8 (VMFA members $5)

Film + Talk: The River

with Dr. John Henry Rice, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of South Asian and Islamic Art

(1951; 99 min)
Fri, Sep 23, 6:30–9 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Jean Renoir, son of Pierre-Auguste Renoir and a master of French cinema, chose to make his first Technicolor work entirely in India. Based on the Rumer Godden novel, the film eloquently contrasts the lives of young British and Indian women with the immutability of the Ganges River in Bengal. Renoir’s nuanced understanding of the culture, its people, and the British presence enriches this graceful exploration of transitory emotions and everlasting creation. Dr. John Henry Rice will provide post-film commentary.

This film event complements the VMFA print exhibition, LIGHT AND LINE: E. S. Lumsden’s Visions of India.