The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
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Overlength of perhaps 30 minutes serves to magnify some weaknesses of Robert Bolt's original screenplay, to dissipate the impact of the performances, and to overwhelm outstanding photography and production.
An awe-inspiringly tedious lump of soggy romanticism.
Those who were jealous of [Lean's] previous successes decried the film as an utter failure, though of course it is not, it just isn't quite as good as his other movies.
It doesn't transfigure the world. It embalms it.
A disappointing failure of tone, a lush and overblown self-indulgence in which David Lean has given us a great deal less than meets the eye.
It's insanely overproduced in Lean's standard epic style, yet somehow the crazy mismatches in scale contribute to the film's sense of romantic delirium.
A weary Madame Bovary rehash set in rural Ireland.
Arguably David Lean's weakest film, this lushly photographed (it won Oscar for Freddie Young) period Irish romance is rambling and pointless, and feels like an occasion for Sarah Miles (then married to writer Bolt) to show off her beautiful body.
The best thing about this much-vaunted, overlong Irish epic love triangle is its gorgeous photography.
Some hippie-dippiness dates the picture, but the vérité posturing of Lean's peers looks a lot kitschier in retrospect
If you are looking for a breath of fresh Eire, you are in the wrong movie.
Ryan's Daughter takes far too long to say much too little.
Even though I hated this movie, I decided to be creative and present my review in the form of three haikus. Enjoy!
Needlessly drawn out
and boring love triangle.
David Lean's big fail.
There is no excuse:
can't save a snoozer.
Despite some good scenes
and production values, you
should skip this dull mess.
Visually stunning but dramatically drawn out love story. This takes far too long to tell it's sad tale but good performances and once again absolutely breathtaking cinematography compensate a great deal. The storm sequence is one of the most beautifully shot scenes I've ever seen in any film.
Depending on one's point of view,David Lean's RYAN'S DAUGHTER, is either an epic romantic tragedy or a film whose extravagant production overwhelms what might have been a genuinely affecting drama. It may have been a rare misfire or a self-indulgent mess,this was in fact the only movie David Lean did during the entire decade of the 1970's. Written by Robert Bolt,who had far more to chew on with his impressive screenplays of other David Lean masterpieces like "Lawrence of Arabia",and "Doctor Zhivago". RYAN'S DAUGHTER tells the story of a headstrong pub owner's daughter(Sarah Miles)living in a coastal town in English-occupied Ireland in World War I.
She fulfills a childhood dream by marrying her handsome school teacher(a poorly cast Robert Mitchum got the part,but Lean insisted on either Peter O'Toole or Omar Sharif),only to be disappointed by the realization he is actually a passionate bore. She is subsequently all to open to fall in love with a shattered,shell-shocked,yet handsome British soldier(Christopher Jones),who has been sent to complete his duty in her otherwise sleepy town. Despite its simplicity,it was originally released theatrically, in November of 1970, in Super-Panavision 70MM,and it many cities was shown on the curved screens designed for the already abandoned Cinerama format(which was huge during the 1960's). It was given a sweeping lavish "Zhivago" style score by Maurice Jarre,while the cinematopgraphy was directed by the great Freddie Young-who would win one of its two Oscars. The other went to veteran John Mills(Oscar winner for Best Supporting Actor in 1970)as the village idiot.
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