February 1945: A Tree Grows in Brooklyn



















This is like… neo-realism… before neo-realism. So is it realism?

Oh, this is Elia Kazan’s first movie. He’d go on to define the 50s with A Streetcar Named Desire, On The Waterfront and East of Eden.

This movie looks wonderful. It’s so sharp: The light and the shadows. New and fresh and a new thing.

And the performances are as meticulous and detailed as the images are. It’s remarkable.

Unsurprisingly, it was only nominated for a couple of Oscars (and won a supporting actor one).

This makes me want to watch all Elia Kazan movies. I’ve only seen the most famous ones… unfortunately there’s no bluray collection of his movies. The blu ray of this movie was only released in Spain?

Weird.

Anyway, every single frame of this movie is a delight to watch… I don’t even know whether it made much sense, but it’s just kinda beautiful.

The last half hour tips over into bad melodrama, though.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Elia Kazan. 1945.

Popular movies in February 1945 according to IMDB:

Poster Votes Rating Movie
5625 8.1 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
289 8.0 Docks of New York
2182 7.6 The Enchanted Cottage
3308 7.5 The House of Fear
1676 7.4 Hangover Square
1029 7.1 Here Come the Co-eds
355 6.7 Waterloo Road
455 5.2 Fog Island

This blog post is part of the Decade series.

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