Friday, November 25, 2016

Bound for Glory (1976)

Academy Awards, USA 1977

Best Cinematography
Haskell Wexler
Best Music, Original Song Score and Its Adaptation or Best Adaptation Score
Leonard Rosenman
Best Picture
Robert F. Blumofe
Harold Leventhal
Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium
Robert Getchell
Best Costume Design
William Ware Theiss
Best Film Editing
Robert C. Jones
Pembroke J. Herring

United Artists
Directed by Hal Ashby
My rating: 4 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Twilight Time)

Woody Guthrie lives in the Dust Bowl of west Texas, where he tries to squeak out a living for his family by painting signs, but realizes his guitar might be his passport to more money. He abandons his family, at least temporarily, and heads to California by rail. He encounters thousands of others doing the same thing, befriending some, fighting others. In LA, he lives in a camp with a poor family hoping to get chosen to pick fruit by the wealthy farm owners. He takes up the union cause using his guitar and songs, in the process getting recognized by a famous radio personality. He joins the radio show and makes good money for a change, even bringing his Texas family to California. However, when sponsors threaten to pull out unless he changes his union views, all of it is threatened. Stunning location photography anchors this engrossing biography of the influential folk singer. Famous for being the first film to use the Steadicam, it's a dirty, dusty, dangerous shoot in Texas, California and the railways in between. Captures the Great Depression in a way few, if any, films ever have, showing the heartache and the desperation of everyday people.

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