Today in Movie History: October 28

John Ford is a great filmmaker and yet — in typical Academy fashion — the film of his that won Best Picture was second-tier at best. How Green Was My Valley lack the artistry of his great westerns, content instead to deliver turgid melodrama surrounding the plight of a family of Welsh coal miners. It’s not a bad film in and of itself, but today it’s remembered largely as the movie that beat Citizen Kane for Best Picture… and comparing the two just makes you want to punch the wall in frustration. It opened today in 1941.



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