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How Green Was My Valley


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Tookey's Rating
8 /10
 
Average Rating
8.93 /10
 
Starring
Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp (pictured right)
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Directed by: John Ford
Written by: Philip Dunne , based on Richard Llewellyn's novel

 
 
 
Released: 1941
   
Genre: DRAMA
RITES-OF-PASSAGE
   
Origin: US
   
Length: 118
 
 


 
Nostalgic recollection of a childhood in a Welsh mining community.
Reviewed by Chris Tookey

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Film buffs have never quite forgiven John Ford's picture for beating Citizen Kane to the Best Film Oscar for 1941. It is very conventional, a shade prettified, and the Welsh accents are sometimes wildly offbeam. It also contains more than a slight element of Hollywood schmaltz. But it's very handsomely produced and movingly acted.

Like that greater Ford masterpiece, The Grapes of Wrath , this is a song of praise to the common man; and it remains impossible to watch without shedding a tear.

Oscars went to Arthur Miller (photography), Richard Day, Nathan Juran and Thomas Little (art direction). Nominated were Alfred Newman (music), E.H.Hansen (sound) and editor James B Clark.


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