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Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley

(DVD - 2002 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Richard Llewellyn's How Green Was My Valley
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A man looks back on his life as a boy in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of his closely knit family while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time.
Title: Richard Llewellyn's How green was my valley
[videorecording (DVD)]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2002.
Edition: Full frame.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (118 in.) :,sd., b&w ;,4 3/4 in.
Notes: Also issued as part of a 5-disc boxed set, entitled, The essential John Ford.
Not rated.
Full frame format (aspect ratio 1.33:1), English stereo, English, French, and Spanish mono.
Originally released in 1941 as motion picture.
Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn.
Special features include: Audio commentary by Anna Lee and film historian Joseph McBride; AMC Backstory episode: "How Green Was My Valley"; still gallery ; theatrical trailer.
Summary: A man looks back on his life as a boy in a small Welsh mining town. His reminiscences reveal the disintegration of his closely knit family while capturing the sentiments and issues of their time.
Awards & Distinctions: 1941 Academy Award winner, best picture, best director, best supporting actor, best art direction, best cinematography.
Alternate Title: How green was my valley
Branch Call Number: PN1997 .H69 2002
Statement of Responsibility: Twentieth Century Fox presents ; screen play by Philip Dunne ; produced by Darryl F. Zanuck ; directed by John Ford
Credits: Director of photography, Arthur Miller ; art direction, Richard Day, Nathan Juran ; film editor, James B. Clark ; music, Alfred Newman.
Performers: Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O'Hara, Donald Crisp, Anna Lee, Roddy McDowall, John Loder, Sara Allgood, Barry Fitzgerald, Patric Knowles.
System Details: DVD
DVD, full frame format (aspect ratio 1.33:1), English stereo, English, French, and Spanish mono.
Other Language: In English with optional French or Spanish dubbing and optional Spanish or English subtitles.
Closed-captioned.
Subject Headings: Families Wales Pembrokeshire Drama. Pembrokeshire (Wales) History Drama.
Genre/Form: Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Feature films.
Topical Term: Families
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Feb 14, 2014
  • JeanieG rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is and was an amazing film. There is a lot of history associated with it. WWII affected some aspects of it. It took a while for me to get used to some of the production since it is quite different from films made today. But it is definitely worth watching.

Jan 11, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A profoundly sentimental narrative from John Ford and Darryl Zanuck, of a simple culture's struggles in dealing with the inevitable onset of industrialization. A tragic story of a resilient, impoverished working class people, covered in blood, sweat, and soot, with real values and real hardships; and also the wherewithal to solidly withstand the bleakness of their depressing circumstances, and actually even sing in unison and harmony as they proudly march off to and from their low paying daily drudgery. Incredible. Nominated for ten Oscars, and winning six. One being the exquisite black and white cinematography, which was absolutely breathtaking. Twelve year old Roddy McDowall was a remarkable young actor; very mature. I'd place Maureen O'Hara up against any 'beauty queen' either then or now. The woman was stunning. This film completely galvanized my admiration for Ford's work. I am astounded at the poignant beauty and heart he communicated in a way like no other director I can think of. This beat out "Citizen Kane" for Best Picture. And to paraphrase Peter Bogdanovich: "Kane came from the head, and How Green Was My Valley came from the heart." A masterwork. FIVE STARS.

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Jan 11, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Huw Morgan (narrating): "Everything I ever learnt as a small boy came from my father, and I never found anything he ever told me to be wrong or worthless. The simple lessons he taught me are as sharp and clear in my mind as if I had heard them only yesterday."

Jan 11, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Huw Morgan (narrating): "...My mother was always on the run. Always the last to start her dinner, and the first to finish. Where as my father was the head of our house, my mother was its heart."

Jan 11, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Mr. Gruffydd: "Ianto -- why do you think we at the chapel talk rubbish?" Ianto Morgan: "My remark was not aimed at you." Mr. Gruffydd: "Then aim it." Ianto Morgan: "Very well. ...Because you make yourselves out to be shepherds of the flock... And yet you allow your 'sheep' to live in filth and poverty... And if they try and raise their voices against it, you calm them by telling them their suffering is the will of God. Sheep, indeed. ARE WE SHEEP TO BE HERDED AND SHEARED BY A HANDFUL OF OWNERS?!? ...I was taught Man was made in the image of God -- not a sheep."

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