Fruits of Their Labor
The Grapes of Wrath is more than just another Great Depression-era sob story about another family down on its luck the 1940 film is a painful portrayal of a society in ruins. Director John Ford and novelist/co-screenwriter John Steinbeck show us how, after the banks collapse, every institution that could help one impoverished Okie family government, religion, even the family itself starts to crumble. While the Hays Code prevented the film from being as dark as the book, its still plenty pessimistic. The Joads rickety truck on its way to California is like a flimsy raft on a raging river, its passengers unlikely to arrive at their destination alive.
Fri., Jan. 12, 7 p.m.; Fri., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., 2007
Get the Things to Do Newsletter
Sign up for our weekly guide to events in Houston, and never be bored again. With suggestions for every day of the week, our recommendations will keep you busy on any budget.