A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945) Rated PG

 A young woman who idealizes her luckless father comes of age in a New York tenement during the early 1900s. Based on the novel by Betty Smith. Starring  Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, James Dunn.

This film beautifully captures the essence of the book on which it is based. Francie is a young girl growing up in poverty yet holding firmly to her dreams. She idealizes her father, also a dreamer, albeit an unsuccessful one, while her practical, hard-working mother  holds the family together. The film reveals their daily struggles and achievements as they try to rise above the constraints of their socio-economic status. The performances by the actors are phenomenal. I felt Francie’s pain as she struggled with her love for her family and her sense of obligation to care for them and pursue her dreams. This film is worth a watch.

 

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