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A River Runs Through is a cinematographically stunning true story of Norman Maclean. The story follows Norman and his brother Paul through the experiences of life and growing up, and how their love of fly fishing keeps them together despite varying life circumstances in the untamed west of Montana in the 1920's.
Robert Redford's film meander's, occasionally loses it's way, at times gives you what you need and at times leaves you dry. Taken as a whole though it is a GORGEOUS film (shot by legend Philippe Rousselot), with some good performances, some beautiful lessons about life and the simple but penetrating words of author Norman Maclean. Toss in a flexible and intoxicating score by Mark Isham and I can't imagine a more well crafted and enveloping public service announcement about fishing.
Review In A Nutshell:
Robert Redford, an acting legend and a well-respected player in the directing community. This would mark as the first film I have ever seen from the director and I must say I was impressed. I watched this film, finding myself slightly wandering due to the saddening and horrifying situation currently happening in my local city at the moment, but I was still able to appreciate aspects well beyond the film's story.
The performances in this film were effective, demonstrating effective and touching chemistry between its two leads, Brad Pitt and Craig Sheffer, elevating the film's sense of drama.
Redford's direction was also notable with its light and dramatic touch, without reaching for lengths of manipulation or…
Review: A River Runs Through It (1992)
Robert Redford's 1992 adaptation of author Norman Maclean's "A River Runs Through It" is indeed a unique and unconventional film experience, since it has both no "discernible" plot in the sense that one can't adequately condense it into a line or two and also because its pace is very slow (even though it's only 2 hours, there are moments when it feels even longer and outstretched).
Even so, it's also a rewarding one. A River Runs Through It has several things in its favor: the consummate direction and narration of Robert Redford, the lush and creative cinematography of Philippe Rousselot that does justice to the vast yet quiet setting, the lyrical score of…
Rejected sequel ideas: A River Death Runs Through It
Robert Redford has always been a passionate curator of nostalgic Americana, but he brings a particularly elegiac edge to A River Runs Through It, his adaptation of Norman Maclean’s autobiography of the same name. Set in the Rocky Mountains in the early twentieth century, it’s about a pair of brothers – Norman (Craig Sheffer) and Paul (Brad Pitt) – who come of age against the kind of landscapes that Aaron Copland might have dreamed of, vistas and visions that set out to rival the greatest canvases of American Romanticism. Like Maclean’s writing, it’s textural, rather than expository, a series of impressionistic incidents anchored in Norman and Paul’s love of fly-fishing, which they get from their father (Tom Skeritt), a Presbyterian…
Robert Redford, o diretor, deu a A River Runs Through It aquele toque simples e quase infalível para esse tipo de história. Nada melhor que citar as palavras do Roger Ebert:
“A River Runs Throught It... é sobre as tentativas de um pai de passar para seus filhos os princípios fundamentais de sua vida. Mas é mais que isso. É também como um de seus filhos se lembra daquelas lições anos depois…”
Traditional, but goodness, this film is super homey. Also, I love a movie that can accurately capture the beauty of nature, without relying on nature-porn photography. It's a beautifully done film that is groundbreaking in absolutely no ways.
This is one of a few films that touches me so deep. I can sit here and attempt to write an eloquent review about what it is that I love about this movie and but, sometimes less is more. That being said, I leave you with the below monologue:
"Each one of us here today will at one time in our lives look upon a loved one who is in need and ask the same question: We are willing help, Lord, but what, if anything, is needed? For it is true, we can seldom help those closest to us. Either we don't know what part of ourselves to give or, more often than not, the part we have to give is not wanted. And so it is those we live with and should know who elude us. But we can still love them - we can love completely without complete understanding."
Its about fishing and I honestly didn't get it at all. Maybe I'll watch it again one day.
What is the it that the river is running through, exactly? Family? Brotherhood? Sporadic conflicts that exist in 20-minute intervals before slipping away?
There's not enough adaptation away from the novella to make the movie necessary.
Redford has become a serenely confident director; through his love and understanding of actors, he can bring the emotions of a scene bobbing to the surface with "A River Runs Through It" immerses us in an old-time America where the bonds of community held sin in check
The movie, however, begins to suggest that Paul is in deep trouble. And if that’s true, we need to see a few scenes from his point of view. Instead, we take in everything through the eyes of the quiet, slightly sullen Norman. It’s easy to feel that the more arresting tale is happening off screen
the novella was better
This is a true American classic. It's got great cinematography, well-drawn characters, and provocative themes. A River Runs Through It is one of my favorite movies of the 1990s and I highly recommended it!
Quiet times while fishing, not so much on the dry land. It survives the second and even the third watching, so not bad considering.
Loses steam fairly often but remains a very interesting, beautiful story full of heart and great cinematography.
[after his parents have left, thinking he is ill] "They bought it. Incredible! One of the worst performances of my…
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