Suffering from a few too many technicolor sunsets, angelic choirs, and rivers of childhood tears, Clarence Brown’s lavish treatment of Marjorie Kinnan Rawling’s pulitzer prizewinner treads a fine line between charming simplicity and bucolic overdose. However, whether taken as a straight-up heart-tugger or a pastoral metaphor revolving around adolescence and the loss of innocence, Brown’s little gem of a film does manage to captivate despite its storybook characters and overt manipulations. Peck and Wyman are perfectly paired as the frontier parents eking out a living while dropping homespun colloquialisms with every other sentence and Jarman (who received a special Oscar for his troubles) gapes wide-eyed with wonder between bouts of sobbing. In the end though, it is Arthur Arling’s grandiose cinematography which elevates the proceedings—his visions of an unspoiled idyll lying peacefully beneath improbably blue skies plays out like a series of Arcadian postcards. Overplayed for sure, but you’d have to have a heart of pure granite not to be moved at least a little bit.
Many a great movie is waiting to be discovered in the KCLS. One such buried treasure is "The Yearling" staring Gregory Peck, Jane Wyman and Claude Jarman Jr. The story could have taken place yesterday. It is timeless and a beauty to watch. The less you know, the more you will enjoy the film. Director Clarence Brown does it again. Responsible for so many classic films. Just look at the DVD box photo. If that doesn't drawn your interest, then maybe you need an action movie. This is an American Classic Film. KCLS has only one copy and it is checked out right now. The wait won't be long, but I wish classic movies had more copies available and more patrons waiting to share them. Thanks for reading the above. As of August 3, 2014, I want to thank jpozenel who on June 22, 2014, wrote "This is a great movie for all ages." "I never get tired of watching it".
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