Friday, March 20, 2009
I'm a huge fan of David Lean and own most of his movies; Bridge on
the River Kwai, Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago, and A
Passage to India, but I had never seen this often overlooked
masterpiece, Ryan's Daughter. This film has often been referred to
as "Lean's lemon", but don't believe it!
Warner Home Video has done a marvelous job with the anamorphic
transfer and Dolby Surround. It's probably even more beautiful than
it was in the theaters in 1970. The sweeping scenes, shot on location
on the western coast of Ireland are breathtakingly magnificent.
Lean's signature pallet of neutrals peppered with bits of red, paired
with Oscar winning Maurice Jarre's fabulous score are enough to
merit adding this one to my collection, as well.
The film is set in Ireland during the 1916-21 Rebellion, with an
impressive cast; Robert Mitchum, in an unusually innocent and
passive role, the fabulous Trevor Howard, John Mills (who won an
Oscar for his fabulous performance as the local village idiot), Leo
McKern (you remember him from Rumpole of the Bailey), and the
lovely Sarah Miles.
This is a two disc special edition with it's original 206 minute running
time, so pick an evening to put on your woolly socks, pop some corn
and settle in for this brooding and stormy epic of a film. Just to warn
you, this movie starts out slow and builds, so hang in there, it's well
Thank you so much, Michael (Shouting at Streetlights) for this
recommendation. It was absolutely perfect Irish film for St. Paddy's