The Sun Shines Bright (2-May-1953)|
Director: John Ford
Writer: Laurence Stallings
From stories by: Irvin S. Cobb (stories by)
||The bird woman in Mary Poppins
||Professional black stereotype
||The Birth of a Nation
||Tough cowboy actor
||The Grapes of Wrath
||Doc Adams on Gunsmoke
||Castle in the Desert
||American character actor
Review by brian engel (posted on 4-May-2008)
This film is another of John Ford's enigmatic and alegorical pieces which, along with The Man Who Shot Libery Valance, presents a Russian doll of many layers of symbolism which can be stripped away or apprecaited at face value, as you choose. However you chose to view these films and on whatever level you appreciate them they entertain, provoke and challenge the viewer.
The Sun Shines Bright lies somewhere in Deepst Fordland, between Liberty Valance and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird It's a place where I would like to live, for a while, to smoke on verandas and sip juleps on a porch swing on hot sultry nights, listening to mockingbirds and watching fireflies.
Confront the angry townsfolk (who are forever stirred up by the misdeeds of whoever's being held in the cells) on the steps of the town hall/courthouse/sheriffs office, perhaos waving a Civil War pistol until they disperse, muttering, back into the saloons and houses from whence they came...its one of my favourite cliches that may or may not have happened somewhere, sometime, and if its not true it ought to be!
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