A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Dir. Elia Kazan (1945). Kazan made his directorial debut in films with this adaptation of Betty Smith's best-selling novel about tenement life in Williamsburg early in the 20th century. It's mushy and episodic. It depicts poverty, Hollywood style—sanitized. Still, the performances—Peggy Ann Garner, a moving worried child, James Dunn, her drunkard dad, Joan Blondell, her lovable floozy aunt—are highly impressive.
Tue., Oct. 20, 1, 3:30 & 6 p.m., 2009

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