How Green Was My Valley. 1941. USA. Directed by John Ford. 118 min.
Screenplay by Philip Dunne, based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn. Cinematography by Arthur C. Miller. With Walter Pidgeon, Maureen O’Hara, Donald Crisp, Sara Allgood, Roddy McDowall, Anna Lee. Ford’s brilliant Oscar-winning film is probably his best non-Western. Framed by McDowall’s grownup memories of his childhood in Wales (which are amazingly similar to Ford’s in Maine), the film delicately shades issues like socialism, environmentalism, religion, and manhood itself with visual nuance. Miller, whose career dated back to The Perils of Pauline, won an Oscar for his cinematography. He worked with Ford on five films.