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."