The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
All Kansas City Public Library locations will close at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26, and will remain closed all day Thursday, November 27, for Thanksgiving.
John Ford’s The Grapes of Wrath spends two hours rubbing our noses in poverty and economic exploitation, yet somehow sends us off with hope-filled hearts. Cinematographer Gregg Toland (his next job would be Citizen Kane for Orson Welles) shot the film like a WPA documentary. His black-and-white images are utterly realistic yet achingly beautiful. And the performances from Jane Darwell (who won an Oscar) and Henry Fonda – who in Tom Joad found the greatest character of his storied career – are quietly spectacular.
Movies That Matter – The Sequel continues with screenings of great films with opening and closing remarks by former Kansas City Star film critic Robert W. Butler (now a member of the Library’s Public Affairs staff).
Sundays at 1:30 p.m.
Sept. 29, 2013 The Grand Illusion (France; 1937)
Oct. 27, 2013 The Bride of Frankenstein (USA; 1935)
Nov. 17, 2013 Breathless (France; 1960)
Dec. 1, 2013 Pinocchio (USA; 1940)
Jan. 19, 2014 Sunrise (USA; 1928)
Feb. 16, 2014 An American in Paris (USA; 1951)
Mar. 9, 2014 The Grapes of Wrath (USA; 1940)
Apr. 27, 2014 The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (USA; 1948)
May 18, 2014 The Lady Eve (USA; 1941)
Jun. 1, 2014 The Adventures of Robin Hood (USA; 1938)