WILD RIVER  [Blu-ray] [US Import] ALL The Overflowing Passions of Elia Kazan!
Montgomery Clift stars as a Government Agent who arrives in Garthville, Tennessee, upstream from a newly constructed hydroelectric dam of the Tennessee Valley Authority, and Chuck Glover [Montgomery Clift] must evacuate a small town to make way for the new hydroelectric dam, to head up the TVA's land purchasing office after its previous supervisor abruptly quit. When an elderly matriarch refuses to leave, Chuck Glover [Montgomery Clift] falls in love with her granddaughter, played by Lee Remick. Boasting superb performances and masterfully crafted images, this classic film from acclaimed director Elia Kazan reaches new heights on the Blu-ray disc.
FILM FACT: Academy Award® Winning director Martin Scorsese ‘The Departed’ called ‘Wild River’ one of Elia Kazan’s best films and spearheaded its restoration. Exterior locations for Wild River were filmed on Coon Denton Island on the Hiwassee River, upriver from Charleston, Tennessee; in the town's old business district; and on a peninsula west of Cleveland, Tennessee, on Chickamauga Lake. A studio for interior shooting was also created in the Cleveland armoury.
Cast: Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi, Jay C.Lire la suite ›
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SYNOPSIS En 1933, l'administration du Président Roosevelt ordonne la construction de plusieurs barrages dans la région du Tennessee où, depuis toujours, de nombreuses crues provoquent d'importantes inondations. Jeune ingénieur, Chuck Glover est envoyé sur les lieux afin de persuader Ella Garth, une vieille femme, de céder la terre de ses ancêtres...
WILD RIVER / LE FLEUVE SAUVAGE DANS L'ŒUVRE DE KAZAN Elia Kazan a, on le sait, eu deux ou trois carrières. Après son témoignage auprès de la commission des activités anti-américaines présidée par McCarthy, il a de plus en plus nourri son cinéma de sa culpabilité, tout en refusant de s'excuser pour un acte qu'il refusait de voir comme ignoble. En fait, plus que de culpabilité, ce sont les extraordinaires tensions et clivage présents au sein de cet homme révolté, à la fois sûr de lui et conscient de ses propres contradictions, qui ont de plus en plus été les catalyseurs de ses films dans les années 60 et 70. Ceux-ci sont sans conteste les plus beaux de son oeuvre, et sans doute parmi les plus beaux de tout le cinéma américain. Dans l'ordre: On the Waterfront / Sur les quais, Splendor in the Grass / La Fièvre dans le sang, Wild River / Le Fleuve sauvage, America America et L'arrangement. Sans compter A Face in the Crowd / Un Homme dans la foule et Viva Zapata, deux très beaux films eux aussi.
Ce qui relie ces films, c'est sans doute cette tension que j'ai déjà notée et qui se retrouve dans le sujet et la forme même du film. Le couronnement de cette oeuvre et de ce questionnement de plus en plus virulent, c'est L'Arrangement, ce film magnifique d'impudeur et en même temps si loin des ornières de ce qu'on appelle aujourd'hui l'autofiction.Lire la suite ›
Ce br est parfaitement lu par mon lecteur br region B, je le considère donc a priori comme un multiregion malgré le A sur le verso de la boîte. Tant mieux, d'ailleurs sauf que je l'avais acheté pour tester mon lecteur multiregion, raté.
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An American Classic--Available Only In Non-US Editions (Or Expensive Box Sets)18 novembre 2010
Gregor von Kallahann
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WILD RIVER may not have been a huge hit in its day, but given that it was directed by Elia Kazan, and had a noteworthy cast (with stars Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick and Jo Van Fleet all receiving critical acclaim if few award nominations), it would seem to be a prime candidate for a lavish US DVD release. Up until very recently, it hadn't received any release at all, which was very strange indeed. Here's a movie selected for preservation by the Library of Congress (2002) but no American edition has been available.
Well, now I see that for cinema buffs willing to make the investment, the film is now included in a fairly expensive box set, with the Martin Scorsese imprimatur and all. That's something--but it's something for fans a bit more well heeled than yours truly. (That and the fact, that I'd be shelling out primarily to get this film and A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLYN, which also has--unaccountably-- never been released individually.) And then there's this Korean package, that claims to be playable in all formats. Why, oh why can't I get excited about such things. Call it an innate suspicion. I can't vouch for the quality of product as producct, but for those willing to take the plunge, I am more than willing to vouch for the quality of the film as a work of art.
I remember snoozing through the lessons in my high school history classes and barely skimming the textbook on the history of the Tennessee Valley Authority and the bringing of electricity to the rurual South. I mean, it was then 1968 and electricity everywhere was a given, wasn't it? Who cared about such ancient history, why that was thirty some odd years before.
Well, now more than FORTY years on, I realize how important a good understanding of history really is--and how brief a time span thirty, forty or FIFTY years really is in the course of human affairs. And I've come to realize the power of intelligent dramatic and literary treatments of historical events. In '68, I was more interested in TV than the TVA, but now when I watch a film like WILD RIVER on my TV, I appreciate how a well made film, stressing the human element, makes that history come alive. It's just possible that had my 16 year old self been exposed to a screening of WILD RIVER, it just may have helped me connect with that particular chapter of US history in a very real way. (The fact that Lee Remick was a teenage crush of mine certainly would have helped).
WILD RIVER's storyline seems chock full of readymades (if not actual cliches): there's a feisty old widow whose refusal to sell her island home is holding up progress on the TVA's efforts to develop the Valley economically and to put an end to its cycle of endless flooding. There's also a somewhat heavy handed treatment of racial issues, with the enlightened Northerner (Clift) doing his bit to bring some justice for the community's black population--and endangering himself and his new love (Remick) in the process. None of this is especially surprising or dramatically overwhelming. But it does provide a framework for some very honest scenes--mainly between Clift and Remick--in which conflicting emotions are expressed in refreshingly honest ways.
Getting at the truths of the human heart was director Elia Kazan's true forte. Yes, the history lesson is a valuable one, but what makes this film so compelling is the human story behind the story. The legitimacy of Kazan's reputation for being an actor's director was never better exemplified than in WILD RIVER. Only Jo Van Fleet is permitted to chew the (truly breathtaking) scenery--as would seem to be her (and her character's) right. Remick and Clift turn in more nuanced and tentative performances, in keeping with the tentativeness of their situation. No false notes are hit in their scenes together--or with other actors. A lesser film might have had Remick's jealous hometown beau (Frank Overton) engage in fisticuffs or worse with the newcomer, cityboy who succeeds in capturing his gal's heart. Instead an odd alliance is actually formed when the decent hometown boyfriend breaks down and warns his rival of plots against him by the racist local populace.
Lee Remick always cited her role WILD RIVER as the best of her career, which might surprise fans of DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES or ANATOMY OF A MURDER, but these days, I tend to agree with her assessment. Her character here Carol Garth Baldwin is more multi-dimensional that the alcoholic Kirsten Arnesen Clay of the former film or the wanton Laura Manion of the latter. Her scenes with Montgomery Clift have a ring of authenticity that is still quite rare in American film. You feel as though you're eavesdropping on real conversations, actual heart-to-hearts. And that's not easy to achieve. Kazan and Co. did it here and it's a downright shame that the movie is so hard to get a hold of in its native land.
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A Forgotten Film10 février 2007
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It is a shame this film has fallen into obscurity over the years. Though overshadowed by Elia Kazan's more heralded and flashier efforts, I have always found "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" and "Wild River" to be his best. Thanks to a scarred Montgomery Clift and a young and earthy Lee Remick, "Wild River" has a feeling of quiet reality.
Monty's genius was to be so much the person he was portraying that he seemed to disappear onscreen. Clift's sensitive performance here, coming after the accident which altered his appearance, is one of his best. It is matched by lovely Lee Remick.
Clift works for the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority) and has come to Jo Van Fleet's rural home to move her off her land so room can be made for a dam. Clift is not uncaring and his sympathy for the older woman is complicated even further by his attraction to her young granddaughter, Lee Remick.
He is also unpopular because of his fair treatment of blacks whom he is employing to help build the dam. But the violence simmering just beneath the surface here is less on his mind than Remick. He cannot have her because of what he is forced to do. Yet it is torture for him.
Clift's sensitivity and Remick's heart, torn between what she knows he has to do and what she feels within for him creates a frustration for the would-be couple the viewer can really feel. One scene in particular, as Remick paces back and forth in front of a sitting Clift, reveals the ache in Clift which finally blows.
Beautiful location filming by Kazan adds a further sense of reality to this quiet yet moving film. This was one of Clift's best post-accident performances and it is sad it is only available in this region 2 format for those across the pond to enjoy. Perhaps soon it will be recognized for the quiet masterpiece it is and become available to all.
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One of the great films3 janvier 2011
Daniel G. Madigan
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I saw Wild River in 1960 on a gigantic, curved cinemascope screen and it was glorious to watch and to watch Lw=ee remick and M. Clift show everyone how to act on the screen.
Jo Van Fleet is suprb, and therest of the cast shines.
The locations Kazan chose and filmed feel like they were done yesterday, and that also applies to this magnificent film as a whole; there is nothing dated or unintentionally awkward, it all flows in a beautiful series of images and reactions and , of course, in the midst, is the TVA, damming up the wildness of the river, necessary, but that biog of a dam?
Lee Remicks's eyes are so so so blue, and so are M. Clift's, and their love scenes are so in tune with the history that each have had, bitter, death- ridden, and they express that fear of death, that fear of the river in their love for each other.Grave yards are everywherew.
Buy this DVD and rejoice that in 1960 we were as much in 2011. I sat through it 5 times in one day.
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Never saw a sweeter movie!27 mars 2007
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I agree fully with the reviewer from Bakersfield.
Internet Movie Database provided links to a source who could give me a NTSC copy for about $50. However, with compatible software and hardware you can see this PAL version in your computer monitor. This particular PAL version is technically (color and crispness of picture) much better than what I saw on television years ago.
This PAL region 2 version (just a few copies) is available in Amazon. I am sure more copies are available somewhere else.
If you copy the DVD to your computer hard drive (it is not copy-protected) you can play it with Nero Showtime and a compatible monitor, in my case, a Viewsonic VX922.
The picture in this version is crisp and the color is gorgeous!
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Neglected Kazan/Clift finally gets its due11 février 2013
Ronald E. Weber
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This interesting little curiosity from 1960 has been little seen since it's initial release. I saw it originally as a noon movie in my high schooI, many moons ago. But, since then, it's been difficult. It occasionally shows up on the Fox Movie station and probably now will start being on TCM, but basically, it's a forgotten film with a very strong collection of promotable names connected with it.
It is a story of the depression, the workings of a the TVA (Tennessee Valley Authority,) and is about rural, desperately poor characters. Obviously, it didn't make much noise when it appeared in theatres, originally, and has not been easy to see to see in a decent form, since then.
But, this is prime work by a number of major film artists. Director Elia Kazan had apparently wanted to do something with this concept for many years, but couldn't get financing for such an artsy, non-commercial idea. But after several successes in the '50's, it was finally green-lighted. Although it didn't make a dime, it remains one of his finest. Montgomery Clift, after his '56 car accident disfigurement, had a real problem finding decent parts in big films. Here he is, in a most unusual role, totally believable, completely vulnerable...a daring, very unconventional, hyper-sensitive kind of hero for a movie from any period. Lee Remick is perfect as an uneducated mountain widow, in probably the best performance of her career. And Jo Van Fleet, outdoes her Oscar winning role in EAST OF EDEN, as a stubborn old mountain woman in her eighties; a totally impressive feat when one considers she was forty-one when the film opened nationally.
So, this is a really important dvd release; it rights a number of wrongs that have befallen this project from the beginning. Richard Shickel's commentary is very impressive, too. As blu ray, there is little of any dazzling effect, but I'm sure it duplicated the way the original bland Fox Cinemascope, color by DeLuxe product looked. I would imagine that the normal version wouldn't look all that different, but i don't know.