How Green Was My Valley (1941)- John Ford Magic

On TCM 8/15/16-In John Ford’s touching masterpiece How Green Was My Valley (1941), while we see young Huw Morgan (Roddy McDowall) looking into the window of Mrs.Tossall’s Bakery and Confectionary Shop (“the shop for that toffee which you could chew for hours”), we hear the voice over narration of the older Huw telling us: “it seems to me now, and even after it had gone down, you could swallow and still find the taste of it hiding behind your tongue. It is with me now, so many years later. It makes me think of so much that was good that is gone.” Then we hear the older Hew Morgan telling us in the most powerful voice over narration of all time, for the full length of the film, how he missed the people of his youth who are ” now long gone.” As the narration proceeds Ford’s magic camera mostly filmed with Huw’s point of view brings these memories alive and shows us the wonderful people Hew Morgan will forever miss.

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