The Snow Goose (1971) Richard Harris RARE DVD
Price: £9.95(GBP)Richard Harris - Philip Rhayadar
Jenny Agutter - Frith
Graham Crowden - Recruiting Officer
Freda Bamford - Postmistress.
NEVER HAD AN OFFICIAL DVD or VHS RELEASE!
Director: Patrick Garland
Writers: Paul Gallico (story)
Paul Gallico (screenplay
A short film about the love between the man and his snow goose was more pure than love complicated and contaminated by romantic yearnings, (also, by the way, a theme not identically but similarly worked in both Wuthering Heights and Now Voyager, involving man/woman love that was so deep as to be beyond the sexual) - and that the sacrifice of tearing oneself away from that kind of innocent love was the more tragic separation because of the total innocence and inability to comprehend the reason for separation on the part of the snowgoose. She embodies pure and innocent love, which compels her to desperately fly alongside her master until she can fly no longer, as he rows his tiny boat out to sea to pick up fleeing soldiers from the Battle of Dunkirk.
The film shows this beautiful stairway-stepping of uncommunicable yet pure and sacrificial love - the goose for her master and her master for his fellow man. If only he could have explained to his snowgoose that he was only channelling her same feelings for him towards a higher, more noble cause - she would have understood his need to leave her. It reminds me of a quote from, I think, Sir Walter Scott: (paraphrased): "I could not love you did I not love honour more".
Note: never released on DVD for retail sale.
Format: NTSC on DVD-R (non-retail). Region: multi-region '0'(free) so will play Worldwide. Source: vhs to dvd copy/transfer. Quality: 7/10 (reasonable vhs quality). Do not expect HD commercial DVD Quality as it doesn't exist for this rare short film.
Runtime: USA: 50 min. Country: UK | USA Language: English Color: Color Aspect Ratio: 1.33 : 1 Sound Mix:Mono Filming Locations: Essex, England, UK. Company: BBC