Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

Our Vines Have Tender Grapes

DVD - 2010
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Takes place among the Norwegian immigrants in a Wisconsin farm town. Told from the viewpoint of little Selma and explores grand childhood adventures: making friends, a pet calf, Christmas, a terrifying trip down a flood-swollen river, a barn fire and a ride on a circus elephant's trunk.


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Jun 05, 2016

OUTSTANDING 1945 b/w film - my first 5 star rating. I had been thinking that aging/getting old had resulted in my no longer being able to get emotionally engaged while watching a film - not true - this one took me on quite a ride - like great music.
The underlying plot/drama comes from the 1940 book by George Victor Martin - which I will be reading.
The film is primarily about small country town farming life in the mid 40's with so many terrific dramatic elements - like early in the film when Selma (played by 8-year-old Margaret O'Brien) tosses the rock at the squirrel. Great fun when her father (Edgar G. Robinson in an atypical role for him) takes her to the circus coming to town - and she gets a ride on the elephant's trunk.
Lots of terrific plot elements -and great acting, too. I particularly enjoyed seeing Agnes Moorehead (who I really enjoy) as mom Bruna getting considerably more range than she typically got in her film roles. Frances Gifford was excellent as new school teacher big-city girl Viola coming to a small town.
This is an outstanding family film (sentiment without being saccharine) which wonderfully focuses on parenting roles, children growing up, and lots more.

Jun 02, 2016

This is a 1945 drama directed by Roy Rowland, based on the 1940 novel of the same name by George Victor Martin.
It is about a Norwegian immigrant family: Martinius Jacobson, his wife Bruna and their seven-year-old daughter Selma, who is often bedeviled by her playmate and five-year-old cousin, Arnold.
Martinius simply wants to work his land and be a loving husband and father to his family.
The one great ambition in the life of Martinius is to build a new barn, but tragedy strikes.
How the family copes with that is the core and the charm of the film.
Selma lives a carefree, joyous life, which is only temporarily clouded by the sudden death of Ingeborg Jensen, an emotionally disturbed young woman whose stern father had refused to let her attend school despite the pleas of newly arrived school teacher Viola Johnson.
Inspired by young Selma, the entire town come to the aid of proud Bjorn Bjornson, who has lost his livestock when lightning struck and burned down his newly erected-but-uninsured barn.
It is a heartwarming and inspirational drama.

May 12, 2014

Edward G. Robinson is never better than the father to a young girl named Selma. This is a wonderful family film. You will be glad your children saw a movie that makes one proud of their mother and father!


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