The Grapes of Wrath

Dir. John Ford (1940). Steinbeck’s novel of Depression hardship and Dust Bowl displacement was still a best-seller when Ford’s adaptation was rushed into production with Henry Fonda as the heroic Okie Tom Joad. More than a movie—or the acme of Popular Front sentimentality—The Grapes of Wrath is a myth celebrating family values, natural solidarity, and the innate goodness of the (American) people that seems amazingly irrelevant to the present moment.
Wed., Dec. 1, 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Thu., Dec. 2, 2, 4:30, 7 & 9:30 p.m., 2010

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