A Tree Grows In Brooklyn


Strange to find Elia Kazan's name attached to this old-fashioned Hollywoodish family saga from 1945. But this was Kazan's first shot at feature direction; the raw emotional fireworks of A Streetcar Named Desire and On The Waterfront lay some years in the future. Adapted from a best-selling novel and set in early 20th-century New York, Tree is packed with reassuring stereotypes: the charming, feckless Irish father, the wise East European grandma, the bookish kid who's determined to get on... The view of poverty is romantic and rose-tinted and Kazan directs cautiously, favouring long, static, talky set-ups. James Dunn as the dad and Peggy Ann Garner as his daughter picked up Oscars, but it's Dorothy McGuire as the mother, struggling to hold her family together, who's the standout. And the detailed recreation of period Brooklyn is a delight.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: June 1st 2005

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