Scene from Jean Renoir's The Southerner
of Modern Art / Film Still Archive
During the mid-1940s, Faulkner reached the pinnacle of his screenwriting
career, writing adaptations of the film noir classics To Have
and Have Not (1944), based on a novel by Ernest Hemingway,
and The Big Sleep (1946), from a novel by Raymond Chandler.
Both films were directed by his friend Howard Hawks, and both
starred Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall. According to Malcolm
Cowley, however, Faulkner considered his best film to be
Jean Renoir's The Southerner (1945), which Faulkner worked
on for no credit, since to do so would be in violation of his
Warner Brothers contract. In this scene, Grandma (Beulah Bondi),
Sam Tucker (Zachary Scott), Nona Tucker (Better Field), and their
malnourished children give thanks for a meal of 'possum.
||Faulkner Buys an Airplane
||Faulkner Appears in a TV Documentary
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