How Green Was My Valley (1941)
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Saccharine perhaps - terrible, inert and plodding definitely not. Melodramatic but in a positive sense. I quickly grew to care about these people and found this tearjerker far suprior to its modern equivelents.
A wonderful cast and beautiful direction from John Ford make this emotional story well worth watching, even if it is sometimes inclined to preach at its audience (especially in the character of Walter Pidgeon). Sentimental tragedy is not much in fashion these days, but it has a long history, and this picture represents a very fine example of the genre.
This is a beautiful film. It's one of my favorites!
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This movie ranks #15 in Academy Award Best Pictures
This movie ranks #19 in Academy Award Best Cinematography
This movie ranks #37 in National Film Registry
This movie ranks #78 in Top 100 Spiritually Significant Films
This movie ranks #118 in Academy Award Best Picture Nominees
This movie ranks #146 in 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die
This movie ranks #247 in Have You Seen? A Personal Introduction to 1,000 Films
This movie ranks #312 in Sight and Sound 2012 - Combined List
This movie ranks #324 in They Shoot Pictures, Don't They?
This movie ranks #405 in The Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made
This movie ranks #455 in Halliwell's Top 1000: The Ultimate Movie Countdown