The Stars Look Down 1940 Michael Redgrave Drama
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Margaret Lockwood, Edward Rigby
The Stars Look Down Story Line. Davey Fenwick leaves his mining village on a university scholarship intent on returning to better support the miners against the owners. But he falls in love with Jenny who gets him to marry her and return home as local schoolteacher before finishing his degree. Davey finds he is ill-at-ease in his role, the more so when he realizes Jenny still loves her former boyfriend. When he finds that his father and the other miners are going to have to continue working on a possibly deadly coal seam he decides to act.
The story in this feature is interesting, but a description of the story by itself would not communicate how thoughtful and atmospheric the movie is. There are compelling stretches that are hard to forget. The cast make the characters believable and worth caring about.
Director Carol Reeds version of A.J. Cronins novel of poverty, greed and unfulfilled dreams still seems fresh today. As social commentary this is a great movie. On a more profound level it works as a dark, despairing canvas depicting the often destructive nature of human relationships. Essential viewing!
Note: The picture quality isn’t top-notch – it’s about what you’d expect from a 1940 film.
Director: Carol Reed
Production Co.: Grafton Films
Run time: 110 minutes
Color: Black and White
Region: 1 (USA, Canada), NTSC
Sample Video from The Stars Look Down
You may also enjoy Copper Canyon, which also involves miners.
Reproduced on a professional-grade DVD-R. Packaged in a single DVD case. Cover art is exactly as shown in the image.
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