A Tree Grows In Brooklyn (1945)

ELIA KAZAN

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB.  USA, 1945.  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Academy Awards 1945.  

The book that has been clasped to many an earnest child’s breast was brought to the screen with vitality and vivid emotional detail in 1945, lorded over by young ‘s performance in the lead role. She plays a mistreated young girl growing up in working-class Brooklyn whose life is affected by the goings-on in her grimy apartment building and surrounding neighbourhood, none more memorable to her than her miserably unhappy alcoholic father () and her patient and hardworking mother (). This one seems to become more and more a family favourite with every passing year.

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