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A feud, the origins of which can barely be remembered, has been boiling for decades between two sheltered mountain families, the Tollivers and the Falins. With plans to build a railroad through both families' land and mine coal deposits beneath it, enterprising outsider Jack Hale (Fred MacMurray) inadvertently becomes entangled in the region's politics. He soon captures the attention of the beautiful June Tolliver (Sylvia Sidney) and quickly becomes involved in a love triangle with her and her cousin Dave (Henry Fonda) Written by
Well-balanced and beautiful technicolor story of a feud in them thar hills
"The Trail of the Lonesome Pine" (1936) is a relatively unknown Hollywood classic. Technicolor always has been a unique color film process, and this film again shows how magnificent a technicolor film could look. No matter what the story is, a technicolor movie makes an emotional impact on the basis of its color alone. It's as if we are drawn into the screen, even though the colors are by no means how we actually see colors. This particular DVD gets rave reviews for its color. Sound quality is also excellent. The subtitles have only a few small mistakes, hard to catch but easy to correct. I personally do not like 3 short lines of subtitles. I rearranged them myself so that none is more than 2 lines.
This story is well-balanced in the sense of being an effort by the entire cast. Some have larger roles than others, but all have significant parts and all fill out their characters very, very well indeed. I suppose credit has to go too to director Henry Hathaway for achieving this result.
The script is literate, showing another aspect of balance, which is the balance between emotion, rationality and moral standards. Although two sides are feuding, they do so in a restrained way that limits their private war. This is not all-out war intended to obliterate the opponent by any means. These standards are critical in several parts of the story, and when they are breached the resulting pangs of conscience, guilt and expected ostracism for inhumanity are what help lead to a reconciliation.
The story is a tearjerker for sure in the best sense, but mainly it conveys a number of hopeful messages about our human potential combined with its messages about our failings and the resulting tragedies.
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