The story of a Welsh valley’s turn-of-the-century descent from pristine paradise to despoiled coal mining region, is told in flashback form by Huw Morgan, an old man who has decided to leave the valley forever
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Sometimes the actors seem to be frozen in a posture (or pose), an everlasting image of what these people represented or how they were perceived by the narrator at that time; film, for a tiny moment, becomes photography.
If Tarvosky is like a plate of borscht with vodka and Godard is like a cigarette with Beaujolais, then John Ford is meat and potatoes with an ale.
Beautifully acted classic that's heavy on the saccharine but emotional and stirring at the same time. Never mind the whitewashing of the horrific coal-miners life and you'll enjoy this.
Qu'il est splendide ce film ! Un lyrisme débordant, évitant avec intelligence les "accueils" et les écueils du mélodrame facile; une image superbe dans le ton de la tragédie et de l'épopée sociale; une sensibilité cinématographique constante dans le propos et la dramaturgie. Certainement un des plus beaux films de John Ford qui retourne à ses racines profondes avec lyrisme et brio. www.cinefiches.com