(aka "A Day in the Country")

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

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.



Audio French  (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English (non-removable)

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

Edition Details:


• Commentary by Philip Kemp

• Biography of Jean Renoir - 5 text screens

• Discarded Takes - (32:21)

• Screen test (8:41)

• Acknowledgements


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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