Silver Screen harvests ‘The Grapes of Wrath’ |

Silver Screen harvests ‘The Grapes of Wrath’

Silver Screen Classic Movie Series continues on Saturday with “The Grapes of Wrath” from 1940.

Based on the John Steinbeck novel, John Ford’s powerful view of Depression farmers escaping the Oklahoma dust bowl focuses on family and justice, hunger and work and dignity. Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine head a stunning cast.

Hoping to find work in California, the Joads leave the only home they know and join the exodus on the road west. They hope to change their situation for the better, but it’s a struggle. Most of the time, they’re not welcome. In some towns, they’re forced out. In others, they find jobs with miserly pay and dirty, grim housing. And violence is always lurking. But because “we’re the people,” as Ma Joad intones, they’ll survive. They have to.

“Just about as good as any picture has a right to be,” says “The New York Times” of this movie that won two Academy Awards – John Ford for director and Jane Darwell for best supporting actress. “If it were any better, we just wouldn’t believe our eyes.”

The movie is shown at 1, 4 and 7:30 p.m. in the Beecher Room of the Auburn Library, 350 Nevada St. in Auburn. Presented by the Library, the movie is free.

The next scheduled movie is “Steamboat Bill, Jr.,” with Buster Keaton, on Oct. 2: Silent, with live piano music.

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