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I watched The Grapes of Wrath last night

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  1. Nightclub Dwight

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    I watched the Grapes of Wrath last night, the original 1940 movie starring Henry Fonda. As I watched it, I kept thinking about all the stories told by @Toto'sDad. Much respect to all who lived through those hard times.
     
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    I haven't seen the movie but I read the book a couple of years ago.
    Very powerful........I was enraged by the greed and lack of conscience by many to take dreadful advantage of their fellow countrymen and women!
    I wonder if things have changed much...........
     
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    Yes, worse
     
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    You know when you get down that poor, all you have left is you. You can find out a lot of things about yourself when there are no distractions. It was tough going, but I'm not sorry I lived through it all. I don't want to go back mind you, I like my home, having plenty to eat, a few guitars, and my sweet wife, and my little dog Alex. It's cool hopping in the CRV and heading to the golf course too! But I wouldn't take for the memories I have of a time that has faded into the past like an old photograph losing its image.
     
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    Good dirt.
     
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    It seems that people are worse now. You can hear it all the time. The dehumanizing, the degradation and name calling. The bullying. I'm tired of it and I'll be glad when/if it ever ends and we can regain decency, morality and kindness.
     
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    I’m with you. It’s scary. Had no idea there was such extreme bitterness out there. Frankly, at both ends.

    Good news is I still believe most people are decent, moral and kind. The others just happen to be getting a lot of attention and their flames fanned lately.
     
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    Dustbowl must've been hard. Grapes of Wrath is mandatory reading here.
    Also Henry Fonda got two awards , his first film, The Grapes of Wrath ; and his last "On Golden Pond'" both great performances.
     
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    You mean that some people might seek to gain power and profit by repeatedly lying to the poorest and most vulnerable in society and playing on their fears??

    I can't think who you might mean.
     
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    It's got a name and I don't think I can say anymore about it on this forum, the rules being what they are.
     
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    It's nothing new. It's been going on forever.
     
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    Being an old Hippie, when we were teens we criticized our parent's generation for being too materialistic and greedy. And now that our generation is in charge, it seems much, much worse, and our parent's generation was more benevolent, charitable, and caring for others than we ever realized. I think it was because they really knew hardship, after living through the Depression and WWII, whereas we had the gravy train and a booming economy for most of our lives.
     
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    Pretty good movie but didn’t really care for the one sided perspective. The end is total bs of course.
     
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    I have never read " The Grapes of Wrath" and actually never saw the movie 'till maybe 10-15 years ago (I'm 60!), after hearing about it/title all my life. Maybe seen it 3 times now...
    I remember reacting like, " I can't believe how serious and heavy this all is, for a movie!" The state of desperation, fear, Expressions of hatred, paranoia, fear of losing what even very little, someone might have...
    Not placing blame here, just commenting on how brutal this Dust Bowl era must have been; people were just trying to survive.
    I just had NO idea there was such a time - was ignorant.
     
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    "The Good Earth" by Perl Buck another great insight into humanity. Talk about tough times.
    "It's nothing new. It's been going on forever." True, but most people try to grow beyond the greed and hate that sometimes pokes it's head up throught history.
     
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    Give Woody Guthrie’s “The Ballad of To Joad”. A listen.

    Much shorter than the movie

    Much much much shorter than the book. ;)

    Book is best of the three
     
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    Camel's 1991 album, Dust and Dreams, is based on the book. Andrew Latimer is an excellent guitarist. He is the main composer, flautist, keyboardist, and the band leader of Camel.

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    Here it is on YouTube:


    A live performance is available as the second half of the DVD Camel: Coming of Age.

    Bob
     
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    Read the book. ;)

    Then watch Ken Burns' 'The Dust Bowl' series.

    :cool:
     
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    Check out PBS' documentary Surviving the Dust Bowl. It's shocking and very well made. I can't imagine what it would have been like to live through it and then have to pickup the pieces like the Joads had to in the book. I read the book about 15 years ago and used to own the movie.
     
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    I've read most of Steinbeck, author of TG of W and, "Of Mice an Men", "East of Eden", "Winter of Our Discontent", "The Moon is Down", "Cannery Row" and on.

    All great reads...

    Mostly based around his 2 biggest influences: the Arthuran Legends and The Bible.

    Many of his stories turned into movies.

    He was very close to "the human condition."

    An American Great.
     
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