Old Hollywood’s “Our Town”

Thornton Wilder, along with Frank Craven and Harry Chandlee, worked on the script for Our Town (1940), deriving from Wilder’s classic play, and made sure it did not get sentimental. It concerns, of course, the inhabitants of a small New Hampshire town in the early 1910s and receives savvy direction by Sam Wood. But this film which is convinced of the cosmic significance of everyday acts and experiences has none of the richness, the sensuousness, we expect from fictional movies. This is because it is talky and solemn and of limited scope. The characters are enjoyable, though, so the film is watchable.

Not one of my favorites from Forties Hollywood.

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