Monday, June 6, 2011

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

This is Esther our toy poodle and I taken last week on our front porch.

(This is an edited re-post of my last blog.) The edit is in bold below as you read on.
This blog was originally published two days ago 6.04.11.

The Grapes of Wrath, the movie (1940)

"This is it! This is the movie to show to your preteen children to give them an understanding of what it means to struggle for something, for the barest of necessities.

John Steinbeck and John Ford did America proud, allowing us to look inward to discover solutions for our social problems. As a country we would do well to do the same again."

~JP Wheeler

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) one of my husband's favorite movies. This is such a much needed movie to be seen today by older children and suburban moms and dads...not to mention new grand-moms and grand-dads too...It is made from the Pulitzer prize winning novel by John Steinbeck. It depicts what it was really like for many families during the Depression and Dust Bowl.

EDIT 6.06.11

I do need to say here that the movie has no profanity in it or obscene material. From what I am understanding from a documentary, the actual book is rather racy. The movie is not racy but real and sobering. We are very careful of what we allow in our home as I'm sure you are too. We have four stay at home daughters, ages 17 to 28, my husband and I are very particular that we not watch anything that would hurt the Lord or damage our family spiritually.

In this age of folks who think they must have the latest and greatest cell phone and car, kids who think they must have certain name brands, young women and their moms maybe even now-grandmothers who don't even know the difference between a needle and a straight-pin, this is a much needed view.

Anyone who doesn't remember or know how to make-do or do-without should see this movie.

For those of you who do know how to make-do or do-without you will appreciate this film.

The Grapes of Wrath
(Wikipedia Article)

The Grapes of Wrath

Article and trailer, very interesting trivia such as the caravan of trucks being the real deal in the movie...Real families migrating during the Depression.

"While filming the Joads' car traveling down the highway, John Ford wanted to add a shot showing the large number of caravans heading west, so the film's business manager stopped actual cars making the trek and paid the drivers five dollars to escort the Joads' jalopy for the cameras."

"Prior to filming, producer Darryl F. Zanuck sent undercover investigators out to the migrant camps to see if John Steinbeck had been exaggerating about the squalor and unfair treatment meted out there. He was horrified to discover that, if anything, Steinbeck had actually downplayed what went on in the camps."

The Joads from the 1940 film Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

This is ultimately a movie about hope and the human spirit. ~RHKLWK

Of course you will be able to find clips on youtube as well. Most libraries will have copies of this classic movie and it's available for purchase from various sources.

If you get the druthers you may also enjoy my personal blog of life here in the country at:
My Forest Cathedral.

Til the next time.... ~Amelia

P.S. If you are enjoying or gleaning from these blogs please leave a comment if you have time to do so, I appreciate comments greatly and consider them a blessing and encouragement. I'm feeling under the weather thus I'll be laying low this week.

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