July 23rd, 2008

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Memory's Golden Glow

I have been watching all the movies that received the Oscar for Best Picture. Next on my list was the 1941 winner, How Green Was My Valley, directed by John Ford and starring Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp and a young Roddy McDowall.

An adaptation of a Richard Llewellyn novel, the film tells the sentimental story of a Welsh mining family whose idyllic life is ripped apart by corporate greed and community betrayal. While it takes strong stands on big issues, the film often feels preachy.

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