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Big screen classics

How Green Was My Valley

John Ford’s deeply moving account of the hardships suffered by a Welsh mining family in the late 19th century.

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USA 1941
Dir John Ford
With Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Roddy McDowall, Donald Crisp
Certificate U

Ford’s Oscar®-winning adaptation of Richard Llewellyn’s best-seller about the hardships faced by a Welsh mining family in the late 19th century fields some glaringly inappropriate accents, yet its polished craftsmanship (especially Richard Day’s production design) and emotional force are considerable. That the community’s suffering and its supportive mechanisms are viewed as if through a child’s eyes adds to the film’s power.

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