Une famille de fermiers de l'Oklahoma est "chassée" de sa région par le chômage et la mécanisation, lors de la terrible Dépression. Elle tente de faire fortune en Californie, le pays mythique par excellence, mais en fait l'Eldorado du pauvre ..... Sublime ! www.cinefiches.com
Really a fine film, and probably the best this novel could have been adapted at the time given the censorship standards and limitations of the time. Fonda is great, Toland's camerawork adds to his legend, and Ford cements his own reputation with yet another incredibly solid film. I am deducting half a star for the hokey ending speech, otherwise probably one of the 3 best films of 1940. 4.5 stars
having just read the book, i got a hard time watching it with the right eyes for a cinematic work. the book is so powerfull that everything else about it would lack it. and so it is a john ford movie, tied narrative, great cinematography, and so it works perfectly as a john ford movie. one can only regret that it leaves us without that book's ending. oh, that ending...
It looks great, and I give it one more star for that reason, but Henry Fonda's stale, and this in no way does justice to its source material. Even for a 1940s Hollywood movie, this thing is SAFE. John Ford said, "Hey guys, this is a great book, except for all the memorable, gritty parts; can we make it as generic and forgettable as possible, please?" I mean, where's the grit?! And Rosasharn's just not there.
Cinematography by Gregg Toland. "Desire" list: It could also be any movie starring Henry Fonda in the 30s, but this one more than any. At the end, of the famous monologue "i'll be there," it's hard not be in an absolute physical dilution with that voice and look. To love a man in resistance and escape, in these times of men who are very little, is more than an adventure of the soul, it is a pure romantic justice act.