A Day in the Country A Day in the Country

A Day in the Country

Jean Renoir

 
A Day in the Country (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • France
  • 1936
  • 41 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • French
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  • Spine #746

This bittersweet film from Jean Renoir, based on a story by Guy de Maupassant, is a tenderly comic idyll about a city family’s picnic in the French countryside and the romancing of the mother and grown daughter by two local men. Conceived as a short feature, the project had nearly finished production in 1936 when Renoir was called away for The Lower Depths. Shooting was abandoned then, but the film was completed with the existing footage by Renoir’s team and released in its current form in 1946, after the director had already moved on to Hollywood. The result is a warmly humanist vignette that ranks among Renoir’s most lyrical works, with a love for nature imbuing its every beautiful frame.

Cast

Credits

DirectorJean Renoir
Written byJean Renoir
Based on the short story byGuy de Maupassant
Produced byPierre Braunberger
CinematographyClaude Renoir
MusicJoseph Kosma
EditingMarinette Cadix and Marguerite Houlle Renoir

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by film scholar Gilberto Perez

Film Essays

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A Day in the Country: Jean Renoir’s Sunday Outing

By Gilberto Perez February 11, 2015

The late film scholar beautifully analyzes the visual lyricism of the French master’s legendary short work. Read more »

Interviews

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Video


Film Essays

Country1_thumbnail

A Day in the Country: Jean Renoir’s Sunday Outing

By Gilberto Perez February 11, 2015

The late film scholar beautifully analyzes the visual lyricism of the French master’s legendary short work. Read more »

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