TITLE: A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT
DIRECTOR: ROBERT REDFORD
WRITER: RICHARD FRIEDENBERG
THE BOTTOM LINE: Norman Maclean's evocative novella of amazing grace is captured with understated artistry.
"I AM HAUNTED BY WATERS," Norman Maclean wrote at the end of A River Runs Through It, his memoir-novella about growing up in Montana in the early years of this century. The phrase is both appropriate and curious: appropriate because his little story (104 pages) is mostly about standing in mountain streams with his brother Paul, fly-fishing for trout; curious because Maclean's prose is dry and laconic, nothing watery about it. It does not...