Classic Film: Today We Live

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Faulkner’s film adaptation of his 1932 short story Turn About appeared on screen a mere thirteen months after it was published in the Saturday Evening Post. Directed by Howard Hawks, the pre-Code World War I romance stars Joan Crawford and Gary Cooper. Faulkner wrote the film in just five days, then re-wrote it under the direction of MGM vice president Irving Thalberg, who asked that Crawford be written into the script. No less than General Douglas MacArthur assisted in securing aerial sequences for the film, yet it was universally panned upon release: Cooper was in a slump as a leading man at the time; key scenes were cut, making for a confusing plot; and bad accents and outlandishly anachronistic costuming made the entire film seem like a farce.

Film critic Mordaunt Hall wrote in the New York Times upon its release that, “It is at times vague and cumbersome… As a drama of the war it is not precisely convincing, for coincidences play an important part in its arrangement.”

Brooks Films presents this series of films written or inspired by southern author William Faulkner in celebration of the museum’s new Carroll Cloar Gallery, which opened in September. Born in the Delta, Cloar evolved into the most famous painter to emerge from this region. His hauntingly beautiful evocations of the American South draw upon family stories, photographs of ancestors, rural scenery, small town life, and memories of his childhood near Earle, Arkansas.

Director: Howard Hawks | USA | 1933 | 113 minutes

$9/$5 Brooks members and students with valid ID/Free with VIP Film Pass.
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