Post screening audience Q&A with Michael Pogorzelski, Director of Academy Film Archive.
Screening Format: 35MM Film
Directed and produced by Elia Kazan, Wild River (1960) is part of the series The Future of the Past: The Art and Philosophy of Film Preservation. Wild River is an intense drama set against the backdrop of the Great Depression. Montgomery Clift plays a field agent for the Tennessee Valley Authority who must convince an elderly woman (Jo Van Fleet) to give up her property for a project, while he becomes romantically involved with her widowed granddaughter (Lee Remick). It was adapted by Paul Osborn from two novels --Borden Deal's Dunbar's Cove and William Bradford Hule's Mud on the Stars.
In 2002, Wild River was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
Restored by the Academy Film Archive and 20th Century Fox with funding from the Film Foundation. Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.