How Green Was My Valley

Movie review by Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media
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Sentimental classic still tugs at the heartstrings.

NR 1941 118 minutes

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How Green Was My Valley – Glows In The Dark

Anyone with a trained eye for perfect visual poetry will be left near breathless by numerous scenes within this classic John Ford drama. Director of photography Arthur Miller (Gentleman’s Agreement ‘47) works so astonishingly well with Ford that you will be left wondering who called what shot. I can just picture them sitting in the rushes viewing room, shedding tears of pure joy while seeing the fruits of their labour for the first time. The superb casting and script go hand in hand and are equally impressive as this polished story unfolds. For some of the more cynical modern critics and viewers, not used to this filmmaker’s style, it could be seen as a sentimentalised vision of life in a Welsh mining village of the era (and well it might be) - but it’s so well produced that honest or sensitive viewers won’t be without a warm glow in their hearts during many stirring scenes. The picture unfolds its story in a classic manner, without faltering or adding any unnecessary padding. If looking for stylish vintage movie making with epic momentum that doesn’t out-stay its welcome, you won’t go too wrong with a walk through this valley. Great production design and storytelling, with a marvellous narration by the great (black banned) actor, director, Irving Pichel (but substituted in original British release prints) It could perhaps be a little manipulative but undeniably one of the all-time film greats. The Twentieth Century Fox DVD re-mastering offers terrific images but the disc I had is slightly out of lip-sync (with the brown/green cover) so look for a later re-issue version.
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