Partie de campagne

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Partie de campagne
Partie de campagne.jpg
Directed by Jean Renoir
Produced by Pierre Braunberger
Written by Jean Renoir
Starring Sylvia Bataille
Georges D'Arnoux
Jane Marken
André Gabriello
Jacques B. Brunius
Paul Temps
Distributed by Joseph Burstyn Inc. (1950 US release)
Release dates 5 May 1946
Running time 40 minutes
Country France
Language French

Partie de campagne (pronounced: [paʁ.ti də kɑ̃.paɲ]; "A Day in the Country") is a 1936 French featurette written and directed by Jean Renoir, based on a short story by Guy de Maupassant, who was a friend of Renoir's father, the renowned painter Auguste Renoir.[1] It chronicles a love affair over a single summer afternoon in 1860, along the banks of the Seine.[2]

Renoir never finished filming due to weather problems, but producer Pierre Braunberger turned the material into a release in 1946, ten years after it was shot. Joseph Burstyn released the film in the U.S. in 1950.[1]

Plot[edit]

Monsieur Dufour (André Gabriello), a shop-owner from Paris, takes his family for a day of relaxation in the country. When they stop for lunch at the roadside restaurant of Poulain (Jean Renoir), two young men there, Henri (Georges D'Arnoux) and Rodolphe (Jacques B. Brunius), take an interest in Dufour's daughter Henriette (Sylvia Bataille) and wife Madame Dufour (Jane Marken). They scheme to get the two women off alone with them. They offer to row them along the river in their skiffs, while they divert Dufour and his shop assistant and future son-in-law, Anatole (Paul Temps), by lending them some fishing poles. Though Rodolphe had arranged beforehand to take Henriette, Henri maneuvers it so that she gets into his skiff. Rodolphe then good-naturedly settles for Madame Dufour.

Henri rows to a secluded spot on the riverbank which he refers to as his "private office". Though Henriette initially rebuffs his amorous advances, she eventually gives in. He asks her to come see him again, but she says that her father would never permit her to venture into the countryside by herself.

Years pass, and Henriette marries Anatole. One day, they end up at the place where Henri seduced Henriette. While Anatole dozes, his wife takes a walk, and encounters Henri. With tears in her eyes, she reminisces about their brief time together. Then, when Anatole wakes up, Henri hides until they leave.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Future leading directors Jacques Becker and Luchino Visconti worked as Renoir's assistant directors.[3] Partie de campagne was shot in July, soon after France had elected the Popular Front government, and employers had negotiated the Matignon agreement, providing wage increases, 40-hour weeks, trade union rights, paid holidays and improved social services.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Partie de campagne". British Film Institute. Retrieved 2014-06-17. [dead link]
  2. ^ Armstrong, Richard. "Partie de campagne". The Film Journal. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  3. ^ "Partie de campagne". IMDb. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 
  4. ^ Leahy, James. "Jean Renoir". Senses of Cinema. Archived from the original on 2007-01-05. Retrieved 2007-01-06. 

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