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Populist Agrarian Films
Review: My Darling Clementine and Wyatt Earp
● Landscape ● Freedom ● Emptiness ● Frontier ● Borders and Boundaries ● Conflict ● Civilization Vs. Wilderness ● Old world vs. New World ● East vs. west ● Law and order ● Politics of space ● Moral geography ● Peacekeeping ● Development ● REVIEWING THE KEY WORDS AND CONCEPTS WE GET A BIG PICTURE OF THE
WESTERN AND WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT, WHAT VALUE IT PROMOTES, AND WHAT IMAGES IT EMPHASIZES ● THE WESTERN IS A FOUNDATION TALE OR CREATION MYTH WHICH TELLS US SOMETHING ABOUT THE SOCIAL AND CULTURAL VALUES AT WORK
The Grapes of Wrath by: John Ford 1946
● Begins with Tom Joad who is returning home after a stint in prison for homicide, finding his neighbours and friends leaving their homes and farms.
● Joad decides to risk breaking his parole and leaving Oklahoma for California, his family’s journey becomes an epic journey mapping the human tragedy of the depression, along the way the Joad’s and other families stop on routes and necessary camps (transient camp). Made the decision that they cannot go back, but only go forward. They find a cleaner and nicer camp with restrooms etc. Camp doesn’t have enough money to keep them all.
● On of the migrants tempt to organize a workers labour union staging strikes, other migrant workers including Joad are forced to act as strikebreakers in order to earn money, when one strike becomes violent Tom becomes involved and is forced to become a fugitive, he says he will become an advocate for the oppressed
● The film is dark in its mood and tone, but it is actually more optimistic than the original novel ● All they can do is act in the present and carry on in the disaster ● Tones down steinbeck’s political references and is more optimistic and hopeful than the novel,
especially when the Joads land in the department of agriculture camp ● Tone down steinbeck’s monologue