Saturday, August 2, 2014

Movies In History: A River Runs Through It.

A River Runs Through It

This movie is set in Montana in the teens and twenties of the 20th Century, based on a book that was a series of memories by the author who experienced the same.  Perhaps because of that, or perhaps because it was filmed by Robert Redford who lives in the West and who has a good feel for Western topics, it's a good look at the northern plains, and Montana in particular, in that era.

Or even later eras. The close association the protagonists have with the land and rural activities strongly reminds me of my youth in the 1970s.  The way people were part of rural activities, and they were part of them, is really accurately portrayed.  It also does an excellent job of capturing the northern plains of the teens and twenties, at which point they were fully part of American life and distinct at the same time.

Material details of this film are excellent.  The film well depicts the early automobile era and shows why vehicles were adopted so rapidly.  The tightness of communities in the era is well depicted. Clothing and style of dress, even haircuts, are correct.  About my only complaint is that the fly fishing style isn't the one that I'm familiar with, and given as I was taught by people who had learned in the 1930s and 1940s, I wonder if the local style I see here, used by locals, more accurately reflects fishing of this era than that in the film.

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