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John M. Kelly Library & Archives

Movies: Welsh Cinema

Hedd Wyn

PN1997 .H27 1996 VHS
123 minutes; released 1992.
In this true story, a talented poet dreams of winning his country's most coveted literary prize, only to have his hopes shattered with the onset of World War I. In Welsh with English subtitles. Directed by Paul Turner.

How Green Was My Valley

PN1997 .H69 2002 DVD
118 minutes; released 1941.
The story of young parents struggling to keep their family together as they endure severe hardship in a small Welsh mining town. Based on the novel by Richard Llewellyn. Starring Maureen O'Hara. Directed by John Ford.

Human Traffic

PN1997 .H85 1999 DVD
84 minutes; released 1999.
A group of Welsh young people endure their mundane jobs all week, and then cut loose on a typically wild Friday night of partying. Written and directed by Justin Kerrigan.

Solomon & Gaenor

PN1997 .S65 2000 DVD
100 minutes; released 1999.
Set in Wales in 1911, this is an ill-fated love story about a young woman, the daughter of a strict chapel-going Welch family, and a young Jewish man. In English, Welsh, and Yiddish with English subtitles. Directed by Paul Morrison.

To Serve Them All My Days

PR6007 .E36 T622 2003 DVD
663-minute mini-series; released 1980.
When a young Welshman returns from World War I disillusioned and shellshocked, he hesitantly agrees to teach at an elite English boys' school. Luckily, the faith of the headmaster who hired him proves well-founded. Based on the novel by R.F. Delderfield. Starring John Duttine. Directed by Ronald Wilson, Peter Jefferies and Terence Dudley.

Very Annie Mary

PN1997.2 .V479 2004 DVD
100 minutes; released 2001.
Thirty-three and still living at home, gawky Annie-Mary finally decides to live life on her own terms.