Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road

Directed by: John Ford

Friday, February 8 - Sunday, February 10, 2013

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35mm print

“A fascinatingly subversive piece, undermining the starry-eyed humanism of [The Grapes of Wrath's] ‘We are the people’ view. Instead of Steinbeck’s Joads of Oklahoma, stubbornly maintaining their faith in the American Dream even in the depths of misery, we get the Lesters of Georgia, poor white trash perfectly content to wallow fecklessly in their mire of animal sexuality (when young) or tranquil sloth (when old age takes over). Beautifully realised by Ford, not unlike Kazan’s Baby Doll in its blackly comic blend of dark sexuality and overheated melodrama, TOBACCO ROAD is often very funny, sometimes deeply moving, and always provocative in its acknowledgment of an alternative to ‘the American way of life’.” – Time Out (London)

84 Minutes
USA, 1941

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