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.

"A young farm-hand, sick of working for other men, attempts to go it alone. He clears a patch of waste-land, having to fight against the malice of his neighbor, and his small son falls seriously ill. Finally he succeeds in growing a good crop of cotton, but it is ruined by a storm. He does not give in but tries to start again. This is only a vague outline of the story, the real theme of which is the malnutrition of the farm-workers." ― Jean Renoir


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. If this sounds lurid or symbolic, consider that "​for ​Buñuel​, the true adventure lies in the ​human conscience" (Bazin), in other words, not in the three Es -- existentialism, exploitation or entertainment -- but in brutal analysis.  


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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