Thursday, March 5, 2015

Quote of the Day (‘A Tree Grows in Brooklyn,’ on a Girl’s Most Fervent Prayer)

“‘Dear God,’ she prayed, ‘let me be something every minute of every hour of my life.’”
—Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1943)

The image accompanying this post comes from the marvelous 1945 film adaptation of Betty Smith’s novel, with Peggy Ann Garner as young Francie Nolan and James Dunn, in a heartbreaking, Oscar-winning performance, as her loving but troubled father. Director Elia Kazan, in his Hollywood debut, molded a coming-of-age feature of uncommon sensitivity.

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