A River Runs Through It Analysis

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Fly-fishing. To me, it sounds like one of the most boring sports in the world, rivaled only by golf and chess. Reading a book about fly-fishing sounds even worse. Tying to imagine a movie based on the book about fly-fishing...let me just say I had my doubts. I began by reading the book, A River Runs Through It. The plot line is weak, and the descriptions of nature last for pages. Needless to say, I was still unconvinced that the novella could be adapted into a film. Using fly-fishing as the backdrop for a major motion picture seems to be a huge gamble. However, director Robert Redford holds the winning hand. To my surprise, A River Runs Through It not only captured my attention, but kept it for the entirety of the film. A heart-warming American Western, the film transports the audience back in time to the ‘good ole’ days of untouched nature and traditional family values. The novella the film is based on is a true story. Centered on the life and greatest tragedy of the Maclean Family, the novella and the film share the joys and sorrows of life. Audiences will find the film easy to relate to and easy to love. So allow yourself to be swept away by the river, even if it is only for a couple of hours. The film follows the lives of two brothers, growing up in early 20th century …show more content…

For example, when the boys are young, sepia toned lighting is used. This produces a slightly hazy, vintage feel. As the boys grow older, and the memories become clearer, the lighting becomes brighter and crisper. High-key lighting and low-key lighting are also alternated depending on the mood. When out on the river, high-key lighting is used the majority of the time. The boys and their father are where they are happiest. Low-key lighting is used in shots such as the dance-hall were Paul plays poker. The joint is shady and the dim lighting helps reflect this to the

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