In his compact little study of California writers, The Boys in the Back Room, Edmund Wilson comments on the problems inherent in the close affiliation between Hollywood and commercial fiction: Since the people who control the movies will not go a step of the way to give the script writer [...]
by Dilys Powell The Grapes of Wrath is not just a film, not just a tragedy, not just a social indictment even; it is an experience; it is history unfolding like a terrible fungus; it is America. Not the cinema America; no lovely silk legs, no Civil War; not the [...]
by Vivian C. Sobchack Since its release in 1940, the film version of The Grapes of Wrath has attracted enormous and enduring critical and popular attention.1 Yet, in some ways it has also remained a neglected film, a film obscured by the shadow of its illustrious parentage (John Ford out [...]
Athough audiences still want to see John Ford's "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), it has been belittled by critics since the emergence of scholarly interest in American film in the 1960s.