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A Day in the Country (1946)

Partie de campagne (original title)
Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 12 December 1950 (USA)
The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love with a man at the inn, where they spend the day.

Director:

Jean Renoir

Writers:

Jean Renoir, Guy de Maupassant (short story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sylvia Bataille ... Henriette
Georges D'Arnoux Georges D'Arnoux ... Henri (as Georges Saint-Saens)
Jane Marken ... Madame Dufour (as Jeanne Marken)
André Gabriello André Gabriello ... Monsieur Dufour (as Gabriello)
Jacques B. Brunius Jacques B. Brunius ... Rodolphe (as Jacques Borel)
Paul Temps Paul Temps ... Anatole
Gabrielle Fontan Gabrielle Fontan ... La grand' mère / Grandmother
Jean Renoir ... Père Poulain / Uncle Poulain
Marguerite Renoir Marguerite Renoir ... La servante / Waitress
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Pierre Lestringuez Pierre Lestringuez ... Un vieux curé / Old priest
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Storyline

The family of a Parisian shop-owner spends a day in the country. The daughter falls in love with a man at the inn, where they spend the day. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Genres:

Short | Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

12 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Day in the Country See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Panthéon Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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While producer Pierre Braunberger had to wait until the end of WWII to get the dailies from the labs and edit a release version of this unfinished movie; director Jean Renoir who worked in Hollywwod during this era was not involved about this task. See more »

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Extremely artistic...though not a 'great film' in my opinion...
21 April 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When I see lists of the supposed 'great films', I often wonder some films makes these lists and others do not. Two films that often make such lists and make professional reviewers drool are a couple shorts which I'm not even sure belong on any such list--since they are SHORT films! While good, the films seem to be considered among the greatest works of art as well--and I just don't get it. Both films are French and I have no bias against French films--in fact, French films are probably my favorite of all the international cinema. But, I still can't see why "Zero for Conduct" and "A Day in the Country" are considered such amazing films--especially "Zero for Conduct". Yet, I know that many sophisticated people would immediately assume I'm a Neanderthal for not loving these films!

As this review is specifically about " A Day in the Country", I'll confines the rest of my comments just about this particular short. I see that it's currently rated 8.2 and as I said above, makes many 'must-see' lists. While I might agree that it should be on a list of the top 100 shorts, you can't seriously compare it to a full-length in my opinion for many reasons. First, the film seems like a fragment--without the completeness or structure you'd find in a 'normal' film. Second, director Renoir himself intended to make a full-length film but only stopped part-way through the project because of time constraints--there was too much rain and he had to wrap up filming! While I think another film, "Fitzcaraldo" is a bit overrated, at least Werner Hertzog went to hell and back to get this incredible film made--yet Renoir gets a pass when he just calls it a wrap!

So is this a bad film? Certainly not! In fact, it's one of the most artistically satisfying shorts I've ever seen. The combination of music, great camera work and restrained acting make this a lovely piece of art. But, with a woefully incomplete story and not much plot, I just can't take the film as serious as some have. Good, yes. Great, no. It's well worth seeing--just don't try to convince me it has achieved greatness or should be compared to traditional films.


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