Magazine


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Scenes from an unpublished screenplay by William Faulkner.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.







 

Features

 

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Scenes From an Unfilmed and Unpublished Screenplay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

 


 

Departments

 

Moviemakers

 

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

 

Forum

 

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

 

Profile

 

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

 

Criticism

 

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

 

History

 

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

 

Columns

 

Dealer’s Choice by Hal Crowther


Local Fare by John T. Edge


Gone Off Up North by Roy Blount Jr.

 

Shorts

 

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

 

Poetry

 

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