Musée d'Orsay: Gone to Earth

Gone to Earth

Michael Powell
1942. English, Fr subtitles
110 mins

Set in England at the end of the 19th century, the film opens with Hazel Woodus, who loves wild animals, taming a small fox. While out walking in the woods, she meets Jack Reddin, the local squire.

Producer David O. Selznik wanted this film to be a tribute to his love for Jennifer Jones, but Powell turns it into a hymn to nature and a "regional" film set in the Shires. Abruptly changing from civilisation to the wild natural world symbolised by the female character's love for her fox, it is the landscape that is the subject of the film, and that highlights its intense sensuality.


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