Magazine


Issue 56, Spring 2007


Southern Movie Issue Vol. II

“The Old South, for him, embodied the capacity for feeling, blood loyalty, tradition, instinct, simple enjoyments….[I]t stood in opposition to mercantile civilization, hustle and bustle, and cold, calculating intellectuality.” — Phillip Lopate, “Shining Bright”

Wendy Brenner, Kevin Brockmeier, and others detail “Thirteen Essential Southern Documentaries.” Essays by Gerald Early, Phillip Lopate, and Ray McKinnon. An interview with Charles Burnett by Dennis Lim. Iconic photos of Burt Reynolds, Sidney Poitier, and Tony Curtis.







 

Columns & Departments

 

Guest Editor’s Box
THE WHOLE BRIGHT MESS
by Derek Jenkins

 

Gone Off Up North
MAD ABOUT MADEA
by Roy Blount, Jr.

 

Local Fare
PRESSING DUCK, PRESSING FLESH
by John T. Edge

 

On Location
BULLETS AND BODIES
by William Caverlee

 

On Actors
FROM HOOFER TO GUMSHOE
by Jack Pendarvis

 

On Actors
THE IDEAL IMPOSTER
by Tom Carson

 

On Actors
HILLBILLY HEROINE
by Cintra Wilson

 

On Directors
WHO IS JOHN HUSTON?
by Joseph McBride

 

Dealer’s Choice
ROBERT ALTMAN (1925–2006)
by Hal Crowther

 

Southern Scenes
Burt Reynolds, 1976

 


 

Features

 

SHINING BRIGHT
John Ford’s vision of the South.
by Phillip Lopate


DANCING IN THE DARK
Race, sex, the South, and exploitative cinema.
by Gerald Early

 

HOW TO ACT
It ain't brain surgery but . . .
by Ray McKinnon

 

THE OA MOVIE GUIDE
with Jack Pendarvis, M. Thomas Inge, Derek Jenkins, Thomas Doherty, Noel Murray, Matthew H. Bernstein, Francince Prose, John Cline, Scott Van Doviak, Jim Ridley, and Donna Bowman 

 

PERSONAL FILMMAKER
A poet of American cinema whose thirty-year career began with a no-budget, gritty 16mm masterpiece.
An interview with Charles Burnett
by Dennis Lim

 

THIRTEEN ESSENTIAL SOUTHERN DOCUMENTARIES, PART II
Oxford American editors & contributors on "What you should be watching"

 


Cover: Sidney Poitier and Tony Curtis in  The Defiant Ones (1958), Courtesy of the United Artists/Photofest