How Green Was My Valley

Film
4 out of 5 stars
(1user review)

Time Out says

The backlot mining village (impressive as it is) and the babel of accents hardly aid suspension of disbelief in this nostalgic recollection of a Welsh childhood, based on Richard Llewellyn's novel. An elegant and eloquent film, nevertheless, even if the characteristically laconic Fordian poetry seems more contrived here (not least in the uncharacteristic use of an offscreen narration). Its tale of the calamitous break-up of a traditional way of life - with immigration to America offering a despairing hope of salvation - looms larger in the mind if you think of it (as Ford obviously did) as dealing with Ireland rather than Wales.

Details

Release details

Duration:
118 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
John Ford
Screenwriter:
Philip Dunne
Cast:
Walter Pidgeon
Maureen O'Hara
Roddy McDowall
Donald Crisp
John Loder
Anna Lee
Barry Fitzgerald
Patric Knowles
Arthur Shields

Users say (1)

4 out of 5 stars