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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This film is like a prayer. I know that sounds corny, and it's kind of a corny film at times, but the beauty overwhelms the corniness. Every frame in every scene seems meticulously constructed, and the whole film has the touch of a filmmaker for whom perfection was a standard.
How Green Was My Valley is a wonderful and poignant picture all true film lovers deserve to see. Directed by John Ford, a filmmaker I have labeled schizophrenic in his values, the film is amongst his very best work. Most surprising, and moving, is the film's pure, naked emotionalism and it's pro-union, pro-socialist political stance. I can see why this George Miller's favorite film. A beautiful picture.