Saturday, February 06, 2010

Guilty Pleasures

It's a terrible indulgence to be sitting at home on Saturday and see a film in the TV guide that's three and half hours long and think, sod it, I'm going to watch this. When the film in question is Ryan's Daughter then it's not such a difficult decision.

This film's got everything, murder, betrayal, infidelity, revolution, nationalism and love and hate of course, all set in a remote Irish village during the First World War. Some of the scenery, particularly the beach and a storm scene are also stunning.

It's also got some great performances from Sarah Miles, Trevor Howard, Leo McKern, and even the famously wooden Robert Mitchum turns in a fair performance as he wrassles to get himself on the plausible side of a pretty poor Irish accent - not as bad as Tom Cruise in Far and Away but close.

The marquee performance has to be from John Mills as the village idiot. One of the great actors of his generation, he turns in an incredible performance and throughout he does not speak a single word or utter a sound.

Being a stiff upper lip, British sort of chap, I am of course immune to the emotional content of any film. Those occasions during the watching of the film when there seemed to be some moistness in the corner of my eye were simply a trick the light. I'm sure you understand.

3 comments:

nursemyra said...

a great film indeed, must watch it again

King of Scurf said...

Hi nursemyra - it's been a while since I've seen it as well - a worthwhile revisit.

There's some entertaining stuff in Wikipedia about the making of the film as well...

http://tinyurl.com/ycsw68z

sabrina said...

"Being a stiff upper lip, British sort of chap, I am of course immune to the emotional content of any film"

I dare you to watch The Lion King and not shed a tear!!!!!