Issue 42, Winter 2002

Southern Movie Issue

“Movies make you dream of the possibilities of what you can achieve in your own life.” — Actress Eartha Kitt in this issue’s “Forum”

Scenes from an unpublished screenplay by William Faulkner. Featuring Matthew McConaughey, Roger Ebert, Faye Dnnaway, and Morgan Freeman. Essays by Luke Dittrich and Alan Gurganus. Poetry by John Updike and Charles Wright.

Other contributors include John T. Edge, Hal Crowther, Diane Roberts, Phillip Lopate, and more.




Chicken House Cinema
What does it take to make a good Southern movie?
by Gary Hawkins


Essential Southern Documentaries
An astute group of writers analyze the best of the best.
by Various Critics


The Mystery of Existence in Vernon, Florida
The effect of Errol Morris’s seminal Vernon, Florida on the citizens of the town
by Theresa Everline


The King of Southern Porn
A foray into the strange underworld of adult entertainment
by Luke Dittrich


Photo Essay: At the Drive-In
A look at the vanishing world of drive-in theaters
by Steve Kimble


Everyone Has His Reasons
After he “saved” his career, Eliza Kazan made his best film, Wild River
by Joseph McBride


I Was a Teenage Vampire
A young actor's first-hand account of a totally ’80s B movie
by George Bishop


Dreadful Hollow
Scenes From an Unfilmed and Unpublished Screenplay
by William Faulkner


When I Was Engaged to Ava Gardner
She was the most beautiful girl on Earth
by Allan Gurganus







Birth of a Nation
Who really invented motion pictures?
by Godfrey Chesire


Earth, Work, Muscle, Soul
David Gordon Green's movies ask tough questions
by Jeff W. Bens




Famous Voices
by Matthew Mcconaughey, Roger Ebert, Faye Dunnaway, and others




Kickin’ Up a Storm
Joey Lauren Adams has come a long way since the Mallrat Pack
by Donna Ladd




The Eye Which Sees It
James Agee's insightful film criticism passes the test of time
by Steve Vineberg


Southern Gallery


Morgan Freeman
The Mississippi actor discusses his art




The Apotheoisis of Southern Sleaze
Re-exploring the 11955 Southern film noir The Phenix City Story
by Jonathan Rosenbaum


Not for Children Under 16
The 1933 version of Faulkner’s Sanctuary stirred up the censors
by Leonard J. Leff


First Person


Bit Part
The true story of an Alabama writer at Kevin Costner's house
by Tom Franklin




Dealer’s Choice by Hal Crowther

Local Fare by John T. Edge

Gone Off Up North by Roy Blount Jr.




Hussy in the Hood by Tim Gautreaux

The Method South by Phillip Lopate

Reynolds Rap by Diane Roberts

Six Degress of William Faulkner by Tom Nolan




A Mother’s Nightmare by Charles Simic

Waco by John Updike

Everyman’s Actor by Philip Stephens

The Gospel According to St. Someone by Charles Wright


Cover: Shirley Temple from The Littlest Rebel, 1935. From the Everett Collection