Sunday, November 1, 2015

Smell of the Land

Long Voyage Home (1940) - Ford
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Great. John Ford's Eugene O'Neill scripted Long Voyage Home offers everything: from Lusty native ladies on a foreign shore, to war time paranoia, to Odyssean journey of its many sea men. Greg Toland's cinematography alone is worthy of admission. You can trace its visual/thematic influence on many later films such as The Last Detail to The Master. Great ensemble cast of interesting faces includes big, young John Wayne as good natured, Swedish farm boy who seems to have a hard time getting home but always ends up at the sea after 'one more drink' trap with his mates. These rugged men's camaraderie is the heart and soul of the film.

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