08. Masterpieces of the Hollywood Studio: The Grapes of Wrath

HOLLYWOOD AND THE GREAT DEPRESSION - THE GRAPES OF WRATH AND THE DIRECTOR JOHN FORD - THE SOCIAL JUSTICE GENRE - CHARACTERS AND THE GRAPES OF WRATH - DOCUMENTARY REALISM AND FILM - THE GRAPES OF WRATH, LIGHTING, AND CINEMATOGRAPHER GREGG TOLAND

The Grapes of Wrath stands out from the escapist cinema that dominated depression era Hollywood for its stark realism. Its director John Ford worked in the tradition of D.W. Griffith, valuing populism, tradition, and family. This guide examines the social justice documentary and the interests of Hollywood, character development in filmmaking, and the aesthetics and history of documentary realism that informed the mise-en-scène in The Grapes of Wrath.

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