The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019
7 P.M.

Edmund S. Muskie Room, Bates College
2 Andrews Rd., Lewiston, Maine

Presented by Bates Rhetoric & Screen Studies.
Free and open to the public!

Jonathan Cavallero, associate professor, Rhetoric, Film & Screen Studies, Bates College, will moderate a post-screening discussion with Rachel Desgrosseilliers, director, Museum L-A; Fowsia Musse, executive director, Maine Community Integration (formerly African Immigrant Association); and Marcelle M. Medford, Mellon Diversity and Faculty Renewal Postdoctoral Fellow and lecturer in Sociology, Bates College.

After serving four years for murder for killing a man in a saloon, Tom Joad is paroled and returns to his family farm in Oklahoma, only to learn the Joads have been "tractored off the land" and are joining the desperate migration to California. “A left-wing parable, directed by a right-wing American director, about how a sharecropper's son, a barroom brawler, is converted into a union organizer. The message is boldly displayed, but told with characters of such sympathy and images of such beauty that audiences leave the theater feeling more pity than anger or resolve. It's a message movie, but not a recruiting poster. Based on John Steinbeck's novel, arguably the most effective social document of the 1930s, and it was directed by a filmmaker who had done more than any other to document the Westward movement of American settlement.” - Roger Ebert.


United States - 1940 | 129 min.
Director: John Ford
Screenplay: Nunnally Johnson, based on the novel by john steinbeck
Cast: Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine