How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Friday, February 8, 2019
163 High St., Belfast, Maine
Presented with Waterfall Arts
Introduced and discussed by Michael C. Connolly, author, professor, and historian whose academic focus includes John Ford, labor movements, and maritime issues.
“One of John Ford's masterpieces of sentimental human drama. It is the melodramatic and nostalgic story of a close-knit, hard-working Welsh coal-mining family (the Morgans) at the turn of the century as a socio-economic way of life passes and the home-family unit disintegrates. Episodic incidents in everyday life convey the changes, trials, setbacks, and joys of the hard-bitten community as it faces growing unemployment, distressing work conditions, unrest, unionization and labor-capital disputes, and personal tragedy. Domestic life, romance, harsh treatment at school, the departure of two Morgan boys to find their fortune in America, unrequited love between the local preacher (Walter Pidgeon) and the only Morgan daughter (Irish actress Maureen O'Hara), and other events are portrayed within the warm, human story. The film was nominated for a total of ten awards and walked away with five Oscars: Best Picture, Best Director, Best Supporting Actor, Best Cinematography, and Best Art Direction” - FilmSite.