Monday, November 12, 2012

Ryan's Daughter (1970)

Director: David Lean. Cast: Robert Mitchum, Sara Miles, Trevor Howard, John Mills, Leo McKern. 195 min. Rated R. UK. Drama/Romance.

Would I have the audacity to give a David Lean film a "Soso"? Well, this almost got a "NoMo" score, if it weren't for an unbelievably thrilling storm sequence. Lean's usual incredible panoramas are the backdrop for this sprawling three-hour plus movie ... about a very simple love triangle. Which means only the cinematography kept me from getting bored to death. But as this major critic wrote forty years ago, every great director's movie is worth seeing at least once.

Mo says:


  1. Agree.Although I'm fan of such plot but I got bored a little and except that trilling storm you mentioned I got nothing new or special from movie.Maybe for 1970 it was new and has something to tell but for now it's a little outdate.But as our critic says we see it just because it has signature of David Lean!

  2. Actually I watched this movie during the days we were having a similar discussion with other friends (in that case involving Spielberg): that even when we know beforehand that a great director made a bad movie, we should still see it.

    That's why I'm embarrassed to say I still haven't seen Scorsese's "Age of Innocence", just because I believe he's a gangster movie director! Then again, I've heard that is a decent movie.

  3. please give it a try! Marty worths to put a time for his romantic work as well. I believe he was good on that.