Genre Guesstimation – How Green Was My Valley (1941) – Encore Review

The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s genre has been chosen by me and we will be reviewing our favorite Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of Mar by sending them to andtheOscargoesto…

Try to think out of the box!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Oscar Nominated or Winning Movies……….

“You’ve been lucky, Huw. Lucky to suffer and lucky to spend these weary months in bed. For so God has given you a chance to make the spirit within yourself. And as your father cleans his lamp to have good light, so keep clean your spirit… By prayer, Huw. And by prayer, I don’t mean shouting, mumbling, and wallowing like a hog in religious sentiment. Prayer is only another name for good, clean, direct thinking. When you pray, think. Think well what you’re saying. Make your thoughts into things that are solid. In that way, your prayer will have strength, and that strength will become a part of you, body, mind, and spirit.” – Mr. Gruffydd

Number of Times Seen – Twice (6 May 2013 and 10 Mar 2022)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A young kid reminiscences about the hard life that his parents lived in a small welsh town in the late 1800’s.

My Take on it – This is a movie that I wanted to see for such a long time after hearing about it on an episode of Frasier back in the 90’s.

I finally watched it after starting this site almost 9 years ago and since I didn’t recall much of it, I decided to refresh my memory and see if I still enjoyed it on a second viewing.

The film does an amazing job keeping the story nostalgic and John Ford easily transports the viewer back to a much (seemingly) simple time and place.

The story is narrated by an older man who is retelling the tale of his youth and it is so fascinating to watch how things play out in this small Welsh town more than a century ago.

The characters are all quite enjoyable to watch and they do an amazing job developing them on a deeper level.

The troubles of the time are seem through young innocent eyes and that helps the viewer get a better understanding of what is truly transpiring here.

The film won 5 of its 10 Oscar nomination including Best Director (Ford), Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Supporting Actor (Donald Crisp) and Best Art Direction.

The story is told in a very powerful way that helps make it resonate long after the credits end.

Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When the miners greet their women by putting their earnings in baskets, Maureen O’Hara stopped the scene’s filming once she noticed that her basket was a modern Kraft basket and not a basket of the movie’s period. John Ford was so upset by being corrected in front of the cast and crew that he closed down the set and told O’Hara to wait on a nearby hill until he called for her. Fuming, O’Hara waited an hour before an assistant came to retrieve her, but was satisfied to see that the basket had been changed upon her return. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Absolutely! Ford is able to really capture this time and feel and it stays so powerful and poignant throughout.

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) upgrade from original review)


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