Cinema: New Picture, Jun. 29, 1942

Mrs. Miniver (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer) is that almost impossible feat, a great war picture that photographs the inner meaning, instead of the outward realism of World War II. Director William Wyler succeeds by the simple device of setting up an ideal middle-class English family in an ideal middle-class home, letting the Nazis knock both down. Result: what the Nazi bombers finally smash is not a house and household but (temporarily) man's hope of happiness.

The family is the Minivers (Greer Garson & Walter Pidgeon). The house is their spacious, chintzy, suburban home outside London. They are...

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