I loved Peter Tonguette’s article on Jean Renoir’s 1951 movie “The River” (Masterpiece, Sept. 4). When Renoir was in Calcutta to shoot the film, he was helped in location scouting by a younger native advert government and book-cover designer who was so impressed by Mr. Renoir that he determined to pursue filmmaking. He even talked concerning the novel he wished to movie with Mr. Renoir, who inspired him to pursue his ardour. That younger man, Satyajit Ray, turned one of many twentieth century’s best filmmakers and that first film, “Pather Panchali” (“Tune of the Little Highway”), a masterpiece. If Renoir hadn’t gone to India, there could not have been a Ray.