Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Movie Clip Wednesday: Best Movie set in Ireland



Movie Clip Wednesday is hosted by Anonymous Boxer whar' the blogosphere's glitterati gather. Check it out to find movies ya always meant to see or see again. This week's theme is Best Movie filmes in Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England.

I chose Ireland: I ain't never been, but hope to go. Soon.




A gorgeous film (wif' Robert Mitchum) that justly won an Academy Award fer cinematography, Ryan's Daughter is a grand, sweeping historical movie. The picture is long--3 plus hours, but the mature story is a good use of time on a rainy day when ya' need to git the mendin' done.

It's a David Lean movie (Lawrence of Arabia, Doctor Zhivago) so ya' already knows it will be intense. AN it is--set in Ireland durin' WWI, a pretty young thang marriet to an older, sweet pacifist--she meets a British soldier who is despised in the village but since he's already sufferin' war stresses, he an' she is ripe fer a "torrid affair" --meanwhile while local IRA boys is gunrunnin'. Fer yore money ya git a crusty ole priest, a village idiot who knows more than fols thinks he knows, a controllin' father an' more wild Irish coast than most Irishmen seen.

I tried to git you tube to play fair, but as I write this at 11:30 pm, it ain't very cooperative--so these still pics is all I have fer ya'


"The Oscar-winning cinematography by Freddie Young is indescribably beautiful. Whether he’s shooting a delicately lit interior scene or a spectacular panorama of the wild Irish coast, Young fills the screen with such masterful interplays of light and texture that each shot is like a timeless painting. Even more impressively, Lean manages to make Mitchum, the quintessential macho movie star, believable as a soft-spoken pacifist."

7 comments:

Princess said...

I always remember this music from this movie, and my mother crying her way through it at the picture theatre...

Lovely choice Aunty...

moi said...

I searched my memory banks and came up with a very vague recollection of having seen this. But I need to reacquaint myself. I love David Lean. Lawrence of Arabia is about one of the most beautifully shot pieces of film ever, so I imagine this has the same epic sweep. Happy MCW, Aunty!

xl said...

I saw it when it was first released. Excellent choice.

Happy MCW!

Boxer said...

yay for using pictures and I saw this movie in the theater when it first opened, but as Moi said, it's a vague memory. I do remember it was visually beautiful. I've never been to Ireland either and I hope to visit some day too.

thanks for playing and happy MCW!

fishy said...

Oh!
I remember this movie. I loved the photography but really, the wedding night scene, haunted me for years. OMG. Well done movie on the frailties of the human condition. Great, great choice Aunty.

BlazngScarlet said...

Hmmm .... I vaguely remember it, but not enough to say OMG!
Add one more to my list ...

Happy MCW!

Buzz Kill said...

I've never seen this movie but if it has Michum in it, it can't be all bad. I've never been to Ireland either. My sister just got back a couple of days ago and her pictures looked nothing like yours. It must be that cinematography oscar.

It looked cold and rainy from her pictures and she took about dozen pictues of W. B. Yeat's grave. That looked pretty dreary too.

Happy MCW!