Monday, April 30, 2007

Oxford American's "Southern Film" Issue

Posted By on Mon, Apr 30, 2007 at 4:00 AM

The Oxford American, now in at least its third incarnation, continues to turn out impressive work. The latest, an issue devoted to Southern Film, (with an accompanying DVD) may be their best yet.

Here's the lineup: Jack Pendarvis on Baby Doll, the smuttiest story every told; Tom Carson on Paul Newman and Hollywood’s fascination with the South; Cintra Wilson on Lindsay Lohan’s connection to Tennessee Williams; Phillip Lopate on the cinematic vision of director John Ford; Raymond Haberski on the America's most dangerous movie critic; Donna Bowman on the influence of Christian cinema; Jack Pendarvis (again!) on the slippery actor Dick Powell ...

Plus ... (phew): Dennis Lim interviews the cinematic poet Charles Burnett; Les Blank talks about getting fired from the set of Easy Rider; Gerald Early on race, sex, the South, and exploitative cinema; Roy Blount Jr. praises the great Madea; Hal Crowther pays tribute to Robert Altman; Scott Von Doviak revisits 10 Hall-of-Fame performances you probably missed because they here in "hick flicks"; Ray McKinnon discusses the wily craft of acting; William Caverlee remembers the thrill of Bonnie and Clyde; Francine Prose highlights Bette Davis in Jezebel; Joseph McBride wonders who is John Huston; and 13 More Essential Southern Documentaries.

DVD Tracks include:

1. from Dorothea Lange: A Visual Life

2. from Born for Hard Luck

3. from Bright Leaves

4. from Claire (dir. Milford Thomas)

5. from Come Early Morning

6. from The Intruder

7. from Cabin Field

8. from The Puffy Chair

9. My Old Fiddle

10. Krazy Kat Goes A-Wooing

11. Synchromy No. 4: Escape

12. from Marsaw

13. from The Accountant

14. The Devils-Helper

15. from Black Snake Moan

16. from Bigfootville

For more info go to the OA's website.

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