October 10, 2017

at the 
Echo Park Film Center

THE SOUTHERNER (1945, Jean Renoir)

THE YOUNG ONE (1960, Luis Buñuel) 

October 28th, 2017
Doors at 7:30pm
$5 Suggested Donation

Echo Park Film Center
1200 North Alvarado St.
Los Angeles, CA. 90026


THE SOUTHERNER (a.k.a. Hold Autumn in Your Hands)

U.S.A. 1945. 16mm print. 92 minutes. Direction: Jean Renoir. Script: Jean Renoir, William Faulkner (uncredited), from the novel Hold Autumn in Your Hands. Adaptation: Hugo Butler. Production: Producing Artists, Inc. Producer: Daivd, Loew, Robert Hakim. Cinematography: Lucien Androit. Sets: Eugene Lourie. Editor: Gregg Tallas. Music: Werner Janssen. Cast: Zachary Scott, Betty Field, J. Carroll Naish, Beulah Bondi, Jay Gilpin, Jean Vanderwilt, Paul Burns, Chalres Kemper, Norman Lloyd, Percy Kilbride, Rex. Premiered April 30, 1945.

"We are in the middle of a vast, sun-beaten cotton field somewhere in Texas. Cotton pickers under straw hats bend in long rows. Black hands and black faces, white hands and white faces fill huge bags and carry them to the tally-man. Poor blacks and poor whites share their common economic hardship as indentured labor to a large grower. In one row Uncle Pete Tucker feels faint and succumbs to a weak heart, but not before urging his nephew Sam to work the land for himself. The film's story, to which William Faulkner contributed without credit, becomes the uphill battle of Sam, his wife Nona, Grandma Tucker, and kids Daisy and Jotty to raise their own subsistence crop as tenant farmers." ― Christopher Faulkner


Mexico/U.S.A.1960. 95 minutes. Direction: Luis Buñuel. Script and Dialogue: Luis Buñuel, H.B. Addis (Hugo Butler), based on the short story "Travelling Man" by Peter Mathiesen. Cinematography: Gabriel Figueroa. Music: "Sinner Man" written and sung by Leon Bibb. Editing: Luis Buñuel and Carlos Savage. Sets: Jesus Bracho. Cast: Bernie Hamilton, Zachary Scott, Key Meersman, Graham Denton, Claudio Brook. 

One of the two American films directed by the great Buñuel (and one of his favorites), this seething tale of racism, flesh, and survival amid the wilds of an untamed South Carolina island was hailed as an "unsung masterpiece, one of the most authentic and pungent of all the films set in the American South” (Jonathan Rosenbaum). Tensions simmer between a black jazz musician on the run from a lynch mob and a white supremacist game warden who lusts after the island’s only other inhabitant: a 14-year-old girl. 


Further notes and articles on these films and this screening will soon be posted.


Program total running time: 3 hours
There will be no introductions.
Doors open at 7:30pm, film at 8pm.
$5 Suggested Donation.
Program Notes will be provided at the door.

Special Thanks to Dino Everett, Chloe Reyes, and Jean Rouverol-Butler.

"Kino Slang" is a regular series of cinema screenings at the Echo Park Film Center in Los Angeles. It continues the cinematographic investigations, historical excavations, proceedings by montage and association, silent alarms and naked dawns of this eleven-year-old blog.

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