The Grapes of Wrath (introduced by Tara Kolla of Silver Lake Farms!)

Following a family of farmers who, like many others in the 1930s, were forced to flee their lifelong lands in search of a better life in California, John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath is a Depression-era story that’s as American as apple pie or jet skis. But like Mount Rushmore or the Statue of Liberty, Ford’s monument to the indefatigable spirit of the American underclass needs to be seen in person to have its true enormity felt. Released a mere year after the novel it so masterfully adapts (and which won John Steinbeck the Nobel Prize), the film — for all its craftsmanship — has a veiled urgency in every frame, mirroring the hunger and anger its proud protagonists hide behind their sunken cheeks and restless eyes (Henry Fonda, especially). The injustices they face are tearjerkers, but Ford appeals to our smarts as well as our hearts, meticulously detailing a system of economic exploitation that’s as timely as it is terrifying. Tara Kolla of Silverlake Farms will be here in person to introduce the screening!
Dir. John Ford, 1940, 35mm, 129 min.

Watch the trailer for “The Grapes of Wrath”
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