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5.0 out of 5 stars spirit of survival =an ode to humanity, 11 Aug. 2008
This review is from: The Grapes Of Wrath [DVD] [1940] (DVD)
Suffering defines the human spirit of survival,and here Steinbeck was giving a simple message indeed that survival is for the fittest ,in any civilization whether it be democratic or fascist is irrelevant ,here the Oklahoma dustbowl is the land of the dispossessed and their misery and suffering is the message to the fulfillment of their broken dreams , that poverty can be a curse and it is not restricted only to Africa but white American kids also can die of kwashiorkor secondary to malnutrition.

Ford gets the bitter Steinbeck message across with simplicity and the fact he does so without melodrama is astonishing ,yet materialism is not criticised just observed as a reality while the disposessed people are evicted from ancestral homes and lands and they die and starve on 'route 66' on way to a dream that shall never be fulfilled .

The movie is sentimental at times ,emotional and intelligent all the time and is an ode to human existence itself .

No body in Hollywood today can even conceive of this treatment much less execute this tribute to the 'survival of the fittest' in the land of oppurtunity ,with an underlying subtle satire but also a gentle tenderness for the dregs of humanity ,who are being persecuted as they are inferior in comparison to their peers .

The journey becomes a nightmare and a dream with a poetic pathos and it becomes art with a pulsating powerful pulse as it is sincere and heartfelt and also imitates reality without pretense .

Steinbeck would be proud of ford's version and it still touches your soul ,as humanity and it's basic essential desires never get get dated just like ford's adaptation of grapes of wrath.
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Initial post: 26 May 2011 04:01:29 BDT
V. F. Webb says:
It might have been a helpful review but for the fact that the subscriber's command of the English was very poor, to the extent that it was unintelligible - I also object to his/her failure to use capital letters where applicable. This practice might be acceptable in text messaging but NOT when providing a review of a film, book or record. I was disappointed because your reviews are usually very helpful. Perhaps you should monitor them more carefully in the future. Yours sincerely, Victor F Webb BA

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2011 00:02:00 BDT
it's not adressed to me so amazon can reply to this comment with my blessings .lolz

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2011 00:02:20 BDT
hahaha

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Jun 2011 13:34:31 BDT
Last edited by the author on 6 Jan 2012 02:42:50 GMT
mister ,oh my english is so poor i cannot even spell his indecipherable name,and i wonder if he has any commonsense or visual intelligibility to decipher genders or is he culturally blind like his lexicon too, weave your webs and wait for a fly to buzz around the stink you make as i am not the bait for any webs .lolz
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