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Sunday, December 28, 2014

"How Green Was My Valley" (1941)


 This is the film that infamously beat "Citizen Kane" for Best Picture that year. Is it the better movie? No. Not by a long shot. But you can see why this lovely, emotional story of a poor Welsh family of coal miners struck a chord with Americans right on the eve of WWII. Despite the outside world tearing the family apart, they manage to stay close and have hope. The great John Ford wrings tears happy and sad throughout...and amazingly recreates the hills of Wales in Santa Monica(!) in stunning black and white photography. 


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