Ryan's Daughter (Two Disc Special Edition)
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Ryan's Daughter: Special Edition (Dbl DVD)
In 1970, Ryan's Daughter had the distinction of being the first David Lean film to be included in Playboy magazine's annual "Sex in the Cinema" round-up, thanks to a back-to-nature sex scene that earned the film its R rating. This old-school epic went on to win two Academy Awards for Best Cinematography and Best Supporting Actor for a grotesquely made-up John Mills as the cruelly put-upon village simpleton. But the years have not been quite kind to Ryan's Daughter. This brooding and storm-tossed epic is lovely to look at, but hard to hold with its miscast principles and unsympathetic characters. The film is set in 1916 in a British-occupied Irish village on the seacoast of Western Ireland. Lean's Ireland is a world apart from the colorful characters and close-knit community of John Ford's The Quiet Man. The village is populated by hooligans, slatterns, and traitors. No wonder the local priest (Trevor Howard) is compelled to haul off and slap several of his parishioners, including Rosy Ryan, the dreamy-eyed romantic daughter of the local "publican." The "graceless gal," as the priest calls her, is married to "a good man," a middle-aged local schoolteacher (a cast-against-type Robert Mitchum). She has enough money, and she has her health. But it's not enough, she declares. Enter--at the film's hour mark--a shell-shocked British officer (Christopher Jones) with whom she enjoys an illicit and scandalous affair that offers the promise of the "satisfaction of the flesh" for which she yearns. Ryan's Daughter reunited Lean with Robert Bolt, the screenwriter of Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. Alas, the third time was not quite the charm. Miles and Jones generate little heat and Rosy's heedless behavior rouses even less audience empathy. Little in Maurice Jarre's sweeping score equals the high notes of his Oscar-winnings scores for Lawrence or Zhivago. But the landscapes, magnificent and foreboding, cast a ravishing spell of their own. Ryan's Daughter, too, will be embraced by those who have a soft spot in their hearts for love stories set against the backdrop of historical events and this Hollywood epic that in the year of M*A*S*H and Five Easy Pieces, was stubbornly out of style. --Donald Liebenson
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This two-disc special edition would seem to be everything for which champions of Ryan's Daughter would wish. It presents the film in its original 206-minute running time, and preserves the original aspect ratio of the theatrical 70mm presentation. The audio commentary views the film from a variety of perspectives, including Miles, Lean's widow, Lean's biographer, Robert Mitchum's daughter, and directors John Boorman and Hugh Hudson. These and others are also featured in an illuminating new three-part documentary, "The Making of Ryan's Daughter," which also features archival interviews with Lean, and is candid enough to address the film's less-than-welcome reception with critics and audiences. Rounding out this set are two period documentaries that went behind the scenes of the production. --Donald Liebenson
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Eschewing jarring jump cuts, pyrotechnics, gratuitous sex, gratuitous violence, foul language, extreme camera angles, and melodramatic lighting, David Lean established his consummate genius for telling a story by techniques so simple that they are not noticed --- until a trompe d'oeuil is essential to significance --- in such masterpieces as THE BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, DOCTOR ZHIVAGO, and LAWRENCE OF ARABIA.
Lean collaborated with Robert Bolt to rewrite ANNA KARENINA, the tragedy of a naive woman married to an older man of noble character, and then falls in love with a dashing young man. Ireland was seriously antiEnglish during the Great War; Lean's Romeo and Juliet romance brought the enmity of both sides down on the star-crossed lovers. Unlike Pana Karenina, it is the soldier who chooses the easy way out, leaving the anguished adultress to sort out her relationship with her forbearing husband and her countrypeople.
Lean's location on the wild, windy west coast of Ireland, his framing, his cutting, the pacing, the acting, the quality of the film stock, and the unaffected directing kept me in esthetic orgasm during my last viewing, from the opening title to the end credits. Lean built an entire village to have his set exactly as he wanted, and then he bankrupted the production by keeping the entire crew on location waiting for the weather to blow and shine exactly as he wanted. The actors were actually in the frigid, stormy sea, not in the safety of a wave tank with wind machines.Read more ›
Rose is a young woman who is trying to come to terms with adulthood and sexuality in the small world of an Irish village. There arn't many good young men around so she has her sights set on an older, single, male schoolteacher, played by Robert Mitchum. Well, after a fanciful marriage and still a virgin, Rose discovers that the teacher isn't such a hot lover, which leaves Rose a bit disappointed.
"There must be more." She tells her priest, played by Trevor Howard.
"Be careful what you ask for Rose." he tells her, "Because as sure as hell you'll get it."
And then the movie starts.
When this film first came out, I was so spellbound by it that I went to the cinema to see it repeatedly, unlike any other movie. I became totally absorbed in the sheer epic of such a simple love story: the photography, the sensitivity, the location and the characters. Why couldn't other film-makers tell a story with such grace, style and sensuality? Well, I found out that other film-makers didn't have the big budgets that Director David Lean had. So I wonder, could David Lean have made a film on a small budget? Thank God he didn't. We have been left such a rich legacy of fine films from this master craftsman.
Critique Pauline Kael panned Ryan's Daughter so badly when it first came out and David Lean took it so hard and personally, that he didn't make another film for fourteen years. Perhaps Ms Kael wasn't sensitive but Mr. Lean's sensitivity shows through more in this film than with most others he's made. Thank you for your artistry Mr.Read more ›
La femme catholique d'un maître d'école s'éprend d'un capitaine de l'armée britannique.
Avec toutes les conséquences tragiques que cette relation entraînera.
David Lean (Laurence d'Arabie et Docteur Zhivago) reprend ici ses grands thèmes de prédilection : amours impossibles, destins brisés, grands mouvements de masse sur fond historique.
Un film qui se regarde très bien, à l'histoire parfois prenante.
Most recent customer reviews
A great movie. I never understood how or why Trevor Howard was cast as an Irish priest. The Robert Mitchum performance was a tour de force.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
I loved this movie when I saw it the first time and really enjoyed seeing it again. The scenery is beautiful, very well made and realistic. The story is sad in many ways.Published on May 19 2013 by Vincent E Vanasse
An old, but good movie that was purchased for my mother-in-law who enjoys old movies with great stories to watch.Published on Jan. 2 2013 by Risé
Les DVD fonctionnent à merveille. Il n'y a pas d'autre chose à dire sur ce produit à part le prix qui est intéressant.Published on Dec 13 2012 by dederadio
The real stars of Ryan's Daughter are the wonderful cinematography and the glorious scenery. Never mind the story, I could watch this movie over and over to see the magnificent... Read morePublished on June 24 2011 by Mary Hatch
(Mac)Lean and Mitchum...M&M! It tastes great and definately melts in your mouth. A lovely story with awesome footage of the West of Ireland. Read morePublished on June 16 2009 by Robert B. Turkington
The cinematography is amazing! Great story with the moral of being content sometimes rather than looking for something morePublished on June 4 2009 by D. Asquith
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