2012-13 Wyatt Film Series

How Green Was My Valley

How Green Was My Valley

Thursday, October 25, 2012
5:00 p.m.
251 French Hall

Winner of several Academy Awards in 1941, including that for Best Picture, How Green Was My Valley depicts the joys and struggles of the Morgans, a family living in the south Wales coal field at the turn of the century. Braving the dangers of the coal mines with his sons, the family patriarch dreams of a better life for his youngest while "Mam" struggles to keep the family above water.  Exploitation, poverty and industrial militancy threaten to dissolve the community and divide the family. The film was directed by John Ford and adapted from the novel written by Anglo-Welsh writer Richard Llewelyn. It is a classic if sentimental depiction of the impact of the industrial revolution on Wales and the hard lives of the Welsh coal miners, their families and communities. 

118 minutes.

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Hedd Wyn

Hedd Wyn

Thursday, November 29, 2012
5:00 p.m.
251 French Hall

Nominated for an Academy Award for best foreign language film in 1992, Hedd Wynn tells the tragic true story of Welsh poet Ellis Evans and Y Gadair Ddu (tr. the Black Chair).  A shepherd living in the mountains of north Wales, Evans is a celebrated poet writing under the penname Hedd Wyn (tr. Blessed Peace). His life's ambition is to win the Bardic Chair at the National Eisteddfod, the highest honor  for Welsh poetry.  His plans, however, are interrupted by the outbreak of the First World War. Deeply conflicted, Evans finally enlists in the Royal Welch Fusiliers and posts his entry to the competition from the trenches on the very eve of battle.  Later at the eisteddod, the chair is awarded to Hedd Wyn but it is immediately draped in a black sheet.  Announcing Evans's death in battle, the archdruid laments "Yr wyl yn ei dagrau a'r Bardd yn ei fedd" (the festival in tears and the Bard in his grave). Dramatizing a well known story in Wales, Hedd Wyn is a dramatic and powerful film that raises questions about the Welsh relationship with war, patriotism and imperialism. 

Welsh with English subtitles. 

123 minutes.                         

 

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