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As I Lay Dying

Thursday, March 13
Presented by Michael Kreyling, Gertrude Conway Vanderbilt Chair of English, Professor of English, and Professor of American Studies.
USA (2013) Dir. James Franco. What would compel a Hollywood “heartthrob” to adapt for the screen and direct William Faulkner’s seminal novel, the narrative of which comprises the streams of consciousness of multiple characters? Are Franco’s efforts successful? Do those efforts provide fresh insight into the novel? Is As I Lay Dying (and all of Faulkner) more film than novel from the start? English. Rated R. 110 mins. DVD.