New York State Writers Institute - Classic Film Series

The SouthernerTHE SOUTHERNER

APRIL 11, 2002 (Friday) at 7:30 p.m.
Page Hall, 135 Western Avenue
(Free and Open to the Public)

(American, 1945, 92 minutes, b&w, 16mm)

Directed by Jean Renoir
Starring Zachary Scott, Betty Field, J. Carrol Naish, Beulah Bondi

Master filmmaker Jean Renoir made five American films while in exile from Nazi-occupied France. THE SOUTHERNER, the best example of his Hollywood work, tells the story of a share-cropper who resolves to grow his own cotton. Sam Tucker and his family battle sickness, flood, starvation and a jealous neighbor in the hope of finally having something they can call their own. The film earned Renoir the only Oscar nomination for Best Director of his entire career.

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