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Ryan's Daughter (1970)

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Commentaries on this disc:

Commentary 1: Director's wife Lady Sandra Lean, actor Sarah Miles, Petrine Day Mitchum (daughter of Robert Mitchum), assistant director Michael Stevenson, second unit director Roy Stevens, art director Roy Walker, assistant editor Tony Lawson, location manager Eddie Fowlie, stuntman Vic Armstrong, David Lean biographer Stephen M. Silverman, film critic Richard Schickel, and filmmakers John Boorman and Hugh Hudson Rating: no votes yetLogin to vote or review
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This commentary is split over two discs (itís a three-hour movie with overture and intermission) and, rather strangely, the participants on both discs arenít exactly the same (for example, John Boorman turns up only in the second half, but does at least get a pretty neat last word). The commentary cast is as appropriately epic as the film itself, having all been recorded separately and edited together (sometimes scene-specific, but mostly just general reminiscences about David Lean). Unfortunately, the commentator who gets a larger proportion of track time than the others is also the weakest: a biographer whose dubious prattling and broad statements have about as much journalistic clout as red-carpet reporters who collar celebrities stepping out of limousines (ďI was having lunch with him one day, and he said, Stephen, he said...Ē). More insight comes from hearing from people who actually worked with Lean, and those with family connections to the cast and crew (Mitchumís daughter, Leanís wife). As diverse as the participants might be, the general consensus by all is that the film was underappreciated at the time.