Wow, thank you so much Miss Goddess, you really should take it up as a living, I can tell how much you love the film from your delightful and insightful post. There is so much I do like, the performances, the depiction of family, the imagery, the subtlety of the love between Angharad and Mr Griffith and the narration and viewpoint of Huw etc. Ford's view of the village in Huw's later years is devastating just as his view of his early years carries a charm that would have us transport ourselves back there and I read your words and can understand how you feel about the film and why it obviously so moving for you, I can see how it can move an audience,my view is only slightly different it's just marred by what I see as the depiction of the village. In 1941 would Ford or Zanuck have thought that audiences and critics would be discussing their films in detail many years later, when they were made they were primarily for an American audience, many of whom wouldn't realise that what they were seeing was different from the reality and thought that romanticising the village wouldn't matter, had they realised that many years later there would be a global audience of which one or two were sticklers for history and correctness. Everything else I like, my dissappointment is only that I wanted to completely love it as I love The Quiet Man, a film I loved so much that I planned a whole holiday around it, not that I would ever recommend anyone holiday in the Welsh mining villages, stay in Tenby and go for a visit.
Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself - Charlie Chaplin