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Sat 4 Jun 2011, 2:00pm–5:30pm
Sun 5 Jun 2011, 4:00pm–7:30pm
Mon 6 Jun 2011, 1:00pm–4:30pm
Tue 7 Jun 2011, 1:00pm–4:30pm
Wed 8 Jun 2011, 1:00pm–4:30pm

Where: The Paramount Theatre, 25 Courtenay Place, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages


Listed by: Kate Larkindale

Ryan’s Daughter
UK 1970

Running Length: 195 minutes

Cast: Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, John Mills
Director: David Lean
Screenplay: Robert Bolt
Cinematography: Freddie Young

David Lean’s cinematic genius was for the epic, and not every story is suited to the epic treatment. This simple Irish love triangle doesn’t have the weight to support Lean’s vision, and the breach between style and subject proved fatal to this little film. Which is not to say it is not an interesting piece of cinema – it is, especially in its flaws. By taking a small story, and presenting it like a large one, Lean creates a film that is lesser than the sum of its parts.

Robert Mitchum is an aloof widower who is returning from a trip to Dublin when he meets a woman who spills her idea of love to him. They marry, but never really connect in a physical way. He’s 20 years older than her, and she’s immature even for her age. When a shell-shocked soldier arrives to take over a British garrison, an illicit affair is on the cards.

The town becomes scandalised by the affair, and she is decried as an adulterer and accused of crimes against the state.

The acting is uniformly good, especially Trevor Howard as the village priest, and John Mills as the town idiot.

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