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  •  impressive, if saddening (2+ / 0-)
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    RiveroftheWest, cfk

    The exploitative nature of luring the Okies out west with the slick advertising, and racing to the bottom with wages for the field workers, has obvious resonance now in today's age of "Sprawl-Mart".  It was also interesting how certain passages of dialogue were pretty much lifted intact for the 1940 film, including the transposition of Ma Joad's "we're the people" speech from somewhere in the middle of the book to the film's end.  I didn't realize that even the "wherever there's a fight...." speech is pretty much intact from the novel, especially given how "red" it must have sounded then.  Of course, the screenwriter could then claim fidelity to Steinbeck.

    "It's only in books that the officers of the detective force are superior to the weakness of making a mistake." (Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone)

    by chingchongchinaman on Thu Apr 04, 2013 at 07:58:04 PM PDT

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