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How Green Was My Valley (1941 Film)
Genres: Pop, Soundtracks
Director John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (based on Richard Llewellyn's novel) won the Oscar as the Best Film of 1941. Ford's take on the struggles of a Welsh coal mining family belied the sensitive core of a notoriousl... more »
Director John Ford's How Green Was My Valley (based on Richard Llewellyn's novel) won the Oscar as the Best Film of 1941. Ford's take on the struggles of a Welsh coal mining family belied the sensitive core of a notoriously gruff public persona--a personal conflict that likely led to the film's emotional richness. It's that kindheartedness that composer Alfred Newman took his cue from, interweaving folk themes with an unabashed orchestral sentimentality. Though not state-of-the-art in terms of sonic quality (being lifted from the film's original scoring tracks), the musical recording here is nonetheless remarkably rich, especially for being nearly 60 years old; film scores don't get any more authentic. Newman's efforts were nominated for an Academy Award, but lost out to Bernard Herrmann's All That Money Can Buy (a.k.a. The Devil and Daniel Webster). --Jerry McCulley
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One of Newman's Best
scifiman5 | San Mateo, Ca United States | 06/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This 1941 score is easily one of Alfred Newman's best original scores (along with Captain From Castile, How the West Was Won, The Greatest Story Ever Told, The Robe, and The Song of Bernadette). It is simply exquisitely beautiful. It is also matches the movie perfectly. For best appreciation of the score, watch the movie and the emotion that it creates in the film. It also has pretty good sound quality considering its age. Buy this right now!"
What, no singing?!
Linda Foh | The Poconos, PA | 01/01/2010
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know how this qualifies as a sound track when it includes NONE of the singing that was so prominent in the movie. This is simply Newman's orchestral score. That is fine and the several main themes are repeated and interwoven but there was singing in and over all the action. Why wasn't it included? The only singing appears in the opening and final credits. It's definitely a disappointment."
It doesn't get better than this...
PonyExpress | United States | 07/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
""How Green Was My Valley" is an exceptionally beautiful film-arguably it is the very best example of "golden age" studio craftsmanship that exists-and the importance of its score can't be overestimated. This CD presents the original tracks recorded for the film, and although 60 years old, they sound superb. it's not difficult to relive the film while listening to the soundtrack-there's tremendous lyricism, emotion, tension-everything from the smallest to the biggest moments from the film are illustrated by the brilliant composer Alfred Newman. If you love the movie, you simply must get the soundtrack. If you haven't seen it-listening to the music will make you want to."