(aka "A Day in the Country")

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France 1936

Based on Guy de Maupassant's story of the same name "Une partie de campagne" is an unfinished film by Jean Renoir that has beautiful, romantic imagery of a contemplative nature and is based on the human conditions of love, emotion and frailty. The film was initially to be included as a two-part feature film, but the funding was never obtained for the second half. What we have left is a beautiful film unmarred by the economics of cinema and often stated as Renoir's best-loved of his films. On a country picnic a young girl leaves her family and fiancÚ for a while and succumbs to a brief romance. Renoir's sensuous tribute to the countryside - and to the river - has seldom been surpassed. out of

Of NOTE: The costumes were designed by Luchino Visconti (this being his first collaboration in film).

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Theatrical Release: May 8th, 1946 - France

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 38:36
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.52 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
 

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Audio French  (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English (non-removable)
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Release Information:
Studio: British Film Institute Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

DVD Release Date: August 25th, 2003

Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 7

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• Commentary by Philip Kemp

• Biography of Jean Renoir - 5 text screens

• Discarded Takes - (32:21)

• Screen test (8:41)

• Acknowledgements
 

 

Comments:
BFI have gone to some lengths with this DVD. It is a forgotten unfinished film by a master director and many film buffs have never had the opportunity to see it. The image quality is very good - only minute traces of dirt and scratches. The sub-titles are, unfortunately, non-removable although they are well done and clear. There is a host of interesting Extras including a commentary and discarded scenes. I would suspect that any true fans of Jean Renoir MUST obtain this DVD. The sound is wonderful and clear and a big part of this presentation. Big thanks to BFI for bringing this to DVD in such fine quality.  out of

       Gary W. Tooze





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