Sidney Franklin – The Good Earth (1937)

A glimpse into early 20th century China, and its mores, poverty, the value of the land, the necessity of the harvest, and family relationships. The sequence treating of the famine, the migration to the southern city, the hunger, the use of humans as beasts of burden, and the savagery of men with guns and power is well presented. The sequence of the plague of locusts is remarkable. Paul Muni was a Galician Jew whose first language was Yiddish, and Luise Rainer, who won an Academy Award for her role, is a German Jew who remains alive, at the age of 104.

The Good Earth (Courtesy: editoreric.com)

The Good Earth (Courtesy: editoreric.com)

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