Saturday, June 13, 2009

Saturday Night Cinema

We have been mad for all things Miniver around here of late. La Keira and I have been reading and raving about the book Mrs. Miniver by Jan Struther. I was very concerned about the film afraid that I would hate it. I watched it last night and the verdict is 6.5 out of 7 thimbles! And so I submit Mrs. Miniver for your Saturday Night Cinema pleasure.
Date: 1942
Starring: Greer Garson, Water Pidgeon, and Teresa Wright
Directed by: William Wyler

This movie is fantastic if you forget about the book. Nothing that is in the movie is in the book, apart from names and general spirit. It works because Mrs. Miniver is written as little snippets in a woman's life over a couple of years so you can imagine that the movie just carries on in the parts you don't read. You also have to make Vin 5 or so years older. The fil is sweet, exciting and a little suspenseful. The actor who plays "Clarence" in "It's a Wonderful Life," Henry Travers is in the movie too. Greer Garson is outstanding as Mrs. Miniver.

The book is so soft and pastoral. The way the author writes of a HAPPY marriage is refreshing and hits home. The book is very centered on little insignificant details. There isn't much of a plot just little scenes and thoughts in the life of an ordinary British woman.

It is.

6.5 out of 7 thimbles for the film, 7 out of 7 thimbles for the book.

P.S. The movie has German Bad Guys!

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