The Grapes of Wrath
Dir. John Ford. 1940, 129 mins. 35mm. With Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell, John Carradine. In the heart of the Great Depression, Tom Joad (a finely weathered Henry Fonda) and his family are pushed off their Oklahoma homestead and forced to head down Highway 66 toward California, in search of something, anything better. In the hands of John Ford and ace cinematographer Gregg Toland (Citizen Kane), this Oscar-winning adaptation of John Steinbeck’s classic became an unforgettable, mythopoetic elegy for the promise of America.
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