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The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

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John Steinbeck’s marvellous portrait of poverty, starvation, police brutality and the truth behind the American dream in the Depression, got the A treatment under Darryl F. Zanuck’s supervision at Twentieth-Century Fox courtesy of a fine adaptation by Nunnally Johnson and direction by John Ford. There are so many things to treasure – the composition of the shots by Greg Toland, the random acts of kindness matched by the beatings, the roadside burials, the terrible injustices. But what really stand out are Henry Fonda’s eyes, burning brightly with intent. A genuine masterpiece of cinema.

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