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Faulkner and Film

On March 28, I will be giving a talk at Columbia University.  Below is an outline of the talk:
 
1. There are several reasons I decided to do a biography of Faulkner (I will explain briefly), especially because of my conviction that previous biographers did not do justice to his life and work in Hollywood. That work was not separable from his output as a novelist, or to his character as a writer. So I want to describe what brought him to Hollywood and what held him there.
2. I will briefly describe the nature and significance of his Hollywood work from 1932 to 1955.
3. I then want to focus on To Have and Have Not. Should I bring a dvd? I want to show a few scenes, focus on Eddie (Walter Brennan) and how Faulkner's creation of this character fits into what I want to call his fables of fascism.
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A new edition to the Hollywood Legends Series

I kept going back to Carol Easton's engaging biography not only to learn about Goldwyn and the history of Hollywood by someone who grew up in its environs, but also because the biographer was able to elicit such interesting material from actors such as Dana Andrews and Walter Brennan when others seems fearful of what Goldwyn and his organization might do to them if they talked!  Read More 
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Hollywood Madonna

I just learned that Turner Classic Movies is making Loretta Young star of the month for January. I grew up watching her on television making those memorable, sweeping entrances, which Bernard F. Dick describes so well in his biography of Young, titled Hollywood Madonna. Dick's book is part of the Hollywood Legends series published by University Press of Mississippi. Dick has a wonderful chapter, by the way, on Young's radio performances. She took them quite seriously.

I don't know Young's work that well, and I'd be interested in hearing from you about which of her films you think I should watch. I'm looking forward to watching Kentucky starring Young, Richard Greene, and Walter Brennan, who won an Academy Award for his performance. I planning to write a biography of Brennan. Read More 
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