The most obvious source of this movie's effervescence is the dialogue, or the humor of the dialogue against the dead-serious (or just really good) photography. But the story's so buoyant (in spite of an unlikeable heroine) because of all its elisions... we don't see the fiancé for one thing, and (avoiding spoilers) you need 2 hands to count all the other should-have-happpeneds that didn't.
A romance on the surface but what grips you is everything else: brilliantly atmospherically shot, at times quite expressionistic, a setting that celebrates human spirit and eccentricity yet is also informed by a sense of unease, superstition and darkness, the violence of the natural elements denoting emotional turmoil. All the performances are beautifully realised and it's funny too. Typically P&P, odd and charming.
Energetic, 1947, drama for which Trevor - Brief Encounter-Howard, must have been unavailable, although I swear I glimpsed him in the Scottish mist on several occasions. Wendy Hillier, plays the ' independent minded' woman whose vision only extends to marrying a rich bloke, but settles for an RAF officer instead. The main character is the weather which provides romantic and sea-borne excitement in stunning monochrome.
Ici encore, une nouvelle fois, le réalisateur Michael Powell prouve qu'il sait, mieux que tout autre, capter la force de la nature et d'un milieu envoûtant et transcrire son action sur "une âme qui fait fausse route". Une sympathique curiosité ! www.cinefiches.com
A film dedicated "to true scotsmen everywhere" - an atmospheric authentic film. About class, culture and human nature when it comes to love. Got me so angry at times, it's so engaging, you want to scream. Overall a really gorgeous film and fun to watch.
The moving parts are all rather well done, but the casting doesn't work for me. I didn't really want anything nice to happen to Wendy Hiller's character. Being Scottish, I have a knee jerk reaction against the 'English bint goes to the Islands' genre of cinema. I just never warmed to their relationship; her in particular.
The beginning has that old-school British obviousness and superficial wit, but once you're stuck in the Scottish highlands you'll never want to leave. The Archers tell the conventional story magnificently well - and they somehow depict the culture they're in with respect, even if some of it is played for laughs.