The Grapes of Wrath

John Ford, 129 mins, USA, 1940, 35mm, B&W. Source: Twentieth Century Fox. Courtesy: Hollywood Classics.

The Grapes of Wrath
The Grapes of Wrath
Driven off the land they tilled for generations but don't own, a share-cropping family leave Oklahoma in the desperate hope of forging a new life in California. Henry Fonda is unforgettable as Tom Joad, the prodigal son returned from a four year stint in a penitentiary to discover that drought, mechanisation and institutional bullying have forced his family to up stumps.

Tom catches up with his family on their westward trek to secure fresh employment and a place to live. However, their efforts to forge a new life in California become increasingly desperate at the hands of ruthless exploiters.

Fonda delivers a stirring call to a collective spirit of free, fair and just enterprise when Tom reflects on the inherent inequality of "one guy with a million acres and 100,000 farmers starvin'". A "fella ain't got a soul of his own" he continues, "just a little piece of a big soul. The one big soul that belongs to everybody".

John Ford's acclaimed adaptation of John Steinbeck's Pulitzer prize-winning novel screens in an imported 35mm print, restored by MoMA and Twentieth Century Fox.

Dates   Sun 21 Oct 2012, 5pm

Fri 26 Oct 2012, 3pm

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