The Grapes of Wrath | 2000
Documentary about John Steinbeck's novel "The Grapes of Wrath." No book captures the desperation faced by American farmers in the 1930s better than "The Grapes of Wrath." Steinbeck encapsulates this wrenching time in American history by following his main charcters, the Joads, as they flee the devastation of the Oklahoma Dust Bowl with dreams of a better life in California. The program expands the scope of the novel to reveal how characters like the Joads would have fit into the larger picture of American history. Using famous photographs by Dorothea Lange and the music of Woody Guthrie, as well as clips from the 1940 feature film, the program adds images and music to the understanding of the book and the period.