The Dynamic Frame: Camera Movement in Classical Hollywood

3.11 The Grapes of Wrath

The ending of John Ford’s adaptation is justly famous, as Ma Joad delivers her monologue: “We’ll go on forever, Pa, ’cause we’re the people.” But the film’s depiction of the people is not as hopeful as these stirring words suggest. In the Hooverville sequence, the transience of the composition echoes the transience of the characters, who know that they will never see their homes again.

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