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September 27, 2007

Partie de campagne

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I knew that Sylvia Bataille* had starred in a never quite finished short film by Jean Renoir but I had never expected to see it. Enter a dvd release, the internet and the whole of A Day in the Country (1936) is on-line in five parts. Merveillieux!**

Partie de Campagne, an adaptation of the Guy de Maupassant short story Une Partie de Campagne (set in the 1860's but first published in 1881), is for many the "ideal" Renoir, with the humanity and respect it brings to bear on the central characters (still allowing lesser characters - the father and the fiancé - to be crudely caricatured) combined with its vivid depiction of the natural world. If it lacks the depth and complexity of, say, La Grande Illusion or La Règle du Jeu, Partie de Campagne, even in its unfinished state, is a joy to watch.

* Married to Flea-fav Georges Bataille and later to Flea-fav Jacques Lacan.
** Even if featuring some caddish behaviour and egregious lens blur.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at September 27, 2007 07:07 AM