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