Ryan's Daughter is David Lean's 1970 film which tells the story of an Irish girl who has an affair with a British soldier during World War I, despite opposition from her nationalist neighbours. The film is a very loose adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary.
The film takes place in the isolated village of Kinnery on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland during World War I. The villagers are nationalist and exclusionary, taunting the village idiot Michael (John Mills) and British soldiers from a nearby army base. They are resentful of Rosy Ryan (Sarah Miles), the spoilt daughter of the local publican Tom Ryan (Leo McKern), who himself is an informer for the British hoping to keep the peace in the village.
Directed by David Lean
Produced by Anthony Havelock-Allan
Written by Robert Bolt
Starring Robert Mitchum
Release date(s) 9 November 1970 (premiere)
Running time 195 min.
The film has also been criticised for its perceived depiction of the Irish proletariat as uncivilised compared with the occupying British forces and the Catholic church. Moreover some have criticised the film as an attempt to blacken the legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising and the subsequent Irish War of Independence in relation to the eruption of "the Troubles" in Northern Ireland at the time of the film's release.
Since the film's recent release on DVD, Ryan's Daughter has been re-considered by many critics, and has been claimed by many to be an overlooked masterpiece, countering many of the criticisms (such as its alleged "excessive scale") in the process. Other elements, such as John Mills' caricature 'village idiot' (ironically an Oscar-winning performance) have withstood the test of time less well. The film is still not as widely accepted as Lean's other epics, and its critical reputation remains mixed at best.
Format : AVI
Length : 700 MiB for 1h 34mn 2s 0ms
Codec : XviD
Source : DVD9
Video #0 : MPEG-4 Visual at 914 Kbps
Aspect : 656 x 304 (2.158) at 25.000 fps