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A Day in the Country

A Day in the Country

Director: Jean Renoir Cast: Sylvia Bataille
Sylvia Bataille
, Jane Marken [Jeanne]
Jane Marken [Jeanne]
, Georges Darnoux
Georges Darnoux
, Paul Temps
Paul Temps
Jean Renoir
A Day in the Country

A Day in the Country

Director: Jean Renoir Cast: Sylvia Bataille
Sylvia Bataille
, Jane Marken [Jeanne]
Jane Marken [Jeanne]
, Georges Darnoux
Georges Darnoux
, Paul Temps
Paul Temps
Jean Renoir

Blu-ray (Black & White)

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Overview

Jean Renoir's A Day in the Country is a short and semisweet romantic vignette based on a story by Guy de Maupassant. A group of family members spend a day away from the city in the French countryside. While the men go off to fish, the mother (Jeanne Marken) has a harmless flirtation with a rural "rake," while the daughter (Sylvia Bataille) has a more serious liaison with a handsome young man (George Saint-Saens). Fourteen years later, the same family vacations at the same spot. The handsome stranger returns, hoping to renew his affair with the daughter; unfortunately, the girl is now married to a dull, insensitive jerk. The two former lovers ponder what might have been, then the family heads back to the city. A Day in the Country currently exists only in a 40-minute version; Renoir had planned to film scenes depicting what happened in the years between the two holidays, but he closed down production due to an acute "creative block." For this reason, although the film was shot in 1936, it wasn't released to theaters until ten years later. For its American distribution, Day in the Country was bundled together with two other short European films -- Jofroi and the controversial The Miracle -- as the portmanteau film The Ways of Love.


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Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2015
UPC: 0715515136914
Original Release: 1946
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [B&W]
Time: 0:41:00
Sales rank: 14,208

Special Features

Introduction by Director Jean Renoir from 1962; The road to "A Day in the Country," a new interview with Renoir scholar Christopher Faulkner about the film's production; Renoir at Work, a new video essay by Faulkner on Renoir's methods; Un tournage à la campagne, an eighty-nine minute 1994 compilation of outtakes from the film; Interview with producer Pierre Braunberger from 1979; Screen tests; Plus: an essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sylvia Bataille Henriette Dufour
Jane Marken [Jeanne] Mme Juliette Dufour
Georges Darnoux Henri
Paul Temps Anatole
Henri Cartier-Bresson Seminary Student
Alain Renoir Little Boy Fishing
Marguerite Renoir Servant
Georges Saint-Saens Henri
André Gabriello M. Dufour
Gabrielle Fontan La grand'mere
Jean Renoir Pere Poulain
Pierre Lestringuez Un vieux cure
Jacques Brunius Rodolphe

Technical Credits
Jean Renoir Director,Screenwriter
Jacques Becker Asst. Director
Jean Bourgoin Cinematographer
Pierre Braunberger Producer
Henri Cartier-Bresson Asst. Director
Robert Gys Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Kosma Score Composer
Marguerite Renoir Editor
Claude Renoir Cinematographer

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