Monday, 5 March 2012

1970, Film: Ryan's Daughter

"Ryan's Daughter" is a British film directed by David Lean, with a musical score by Maurice Jarre. Robert Bolt wrote the script, a loose adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary. The  film stars Robert Mitchum, Sarah Miles, John Mills, Christopher Jones, Trevor Howard and Leo McKern.

When the film was released, it was a critical and popular failure. After "Ryan's Daughter" Lean did not make another film for fourteen years. His next and last film was "A Passage to India" (1984). Despite the bad reviews, “Ryan's Daughter” contained Lean's legendary craftsmanship, resulting in sequences of breathtaking beauty and erotic symbolism, and which perfectly captures the wonderful Irish landscape and seascape, as well as the claustrophobia of village life.

Sarah Miles

The film tells the story of a married woman in a small Irish village and her affair with a troubled British officer.  1916, World War I seems far away from Ireland's Dingle peninsula when Rosy Ryan Shaughnessy (Sarah Miles) goes horseback riding on the beach with the young English officer Randolph Doryan (Christopher Jones)...

Sarah Miles and Christopher Jones

  • Academy Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role: John Mills (1971)
  • Academy Award for Best Cinematography: Freddie Young (1971)
Sarah Miles and Robert Mitchum


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