Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday's Film Adaptions: How Green was My Valley by Richard Llewellyn

Winner of the National Book Award in 1940 and the basis for the Academy Award Best Picture film of the same name, How Green Was My Valley is full of memorable characters, richly crafted language, and surprising humor.

Huw Morgan remembers the days when his home valley was prosperous, verdant, and beautiful—before the mines came to town. The youngest son of a respectable mining family in South Wales, he is now the only one left in the valley, and his reminiscences tell the story of a family and a town both defined and ruined by the mines.

Huw's story is both joyful and heartrending—a portrait of a place and a people existing now only in memory.

A Welsh mining family faces the struggles of life together.

Release Date: October 28, 1941
Release Time: 118 minutes

Walter Pidgeon as Mr. Gruffydd
Donald Crisp as Gwilym Morgan
Maureen O'Hara as Angharad Morgan
Roddy McDowall as Huw Morgan
Sara Allgood as Mrs. Beth Morgan
Anna Lee as Bronwyn, Ivor's wife
Patric Knowles as Ivor Morgan
John Loder as Ianto Morgan
Barry Fitzgerald as Cyfartha
Rhys Williams as Dai Bando
Morton Lowry as Mr. Jonas
Arthur Shields as Mr. Parry, deacon
Frederick Worlock as Dr. Richards
Richard Fraser as Davy Morgan
Evan S. Evans as Gwilym Morgan Jr.
James Monks as Owen Morgan
Ethel Griffies as Mrs. Nicholas
Lionel Pape as Mr. Evans senior
Marten Lamont as Iestyn Evans
Ann E. Todd as Ceinwen
Clifford Severn as Mervyn Phillips
Irving Pichel as adult Huw Morgan (the unseen narrator)

1941 Academy Awards
Best Picture - Darryl F. Zanuck - Won
Best Director - John Ford - Won
Best Supporting Actor - Donald Crisp - Won
Best Black-and-White Cinematography - Arthur Charles Miller - Won
Best Black-and-White Art Direction-Interior Decoration - Richard Day, Nathan H. Juran and Thomas Little - Won
Best Adapted Screenplay - Philip Dunne - Nominated
Best Supporting Actress - Sara Allgood - Nominated
Best Film Editing - James B. Clark - Nominated
Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture - Alfred Newman - Nominated
Best Recording Sound - Edmund H. Hansen - Nominated

Author Bio:
Richard Llewellyn (real name Richard Dafydd Vivian Llewellyn Lloyd) was a British novelist.

Llewellyn was born of Welsh parents in Hendon, north London in 1906. Only after his death was it discovered that his claim that he was born in St. Davids, West Wales was false, though of course he was of Welsh blood.

Several of his novels dealt with a Welsh theme, the best-known being How Green Was My Valley (1939), which won international acclaim and was made into a classic Hollywood film. It immortalised the way of life of the South Wales Valleys coal mining communities, where Llewellyn spent a small amount of time with his grandfather. Three sequels followed.

He lived a peripatetic life, travelling widely throughout his life. Before World War II, he spent periods working in hotels, wrote a play, worked as a coal miner and produced his best known novel. During World War II, he rose to the rank of Captain in the Welsh Guards. Following the war, he worked as a journalist, covering the Nuremberg Trials, and then as a screenwriter for MGM. Late in his life, he lived in Eilat, Israel.

Protagonists who assume new identities, often because they are transplanted into foreign cultures, are a recurring element in Llewellyn's novels, including a spy adventure that extends through several volumes.




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