- Wild River
U.S. National Wild and Scenic Rivers"Infobox Film
name = Wild River
producer = Elia Kazan
Borden Deal(novel) William Bradford Huie(novel) Paul Osborn
Montgomery Clift Lee Remick
editing = William Reynolds
released = 1960
runtime = 110 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:117078
imdb_id = 0054476
"Wild River" is a 1960 film directed by
Elia Kazanstarring Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmiand Jay C. Flippen.It tells the story of a young Tennessee Valley Authorityadministrator who comes to a small town in Tennessee to enforce the clearing of the land to be flooded by a new dam in the Tennessee river. An ageing matriarch (Jo Van Fleet) refuses to sell her land to the federal government and the film anticipates much of the environmental debates concerning the artificial control of rivers. The federal agent (Montgomery Clift) falls in love with the matrarch's granddaughter (Lee Remick) and some scenes between them are remarkable for their erotic tension with no explicitness whatsoever. The film also portrays some of the racial issues in the South after the Great Depression. Filmed in Cinemascope, this work by Elia Kazan shows a deep understanding of the relationship of Nature and the Land with the individual in the United States, reminiscent of artistic and philosophical concerns coming from the 19th century. Some of the panoramic scenes, with the river meandering by beautiful green hills, but with tree stumps on the foreground, are reminiscent of some landscape painting techniques of the Hudson River School. The acting is riveting -- one of the renowned imprints of Elia Kazan as a movie director.
The movie was adapted by
Paul Osbornfrom two novels -- Borden Deal's "Dunbar's Cove" and William Bradford Huie's 1942 novel, "Mud on the Stars". It was filmed in Charleston, Tennesseenear Chattanoogaon the Hiwassee and Tennessee Rivers.
In 2002, "Wild River" was selected for preservation in the United States
National Film Registryby the Library of Congressas being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
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