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★ South & Southern Films

South & Southern Films & Deep South: see Westerns & Science Fiction & GBH Films & Road Films & United States of America & Slavery & Cotton & Mexico & Music & Jazz & Blues & Rock

Shelby Foote - Boardwalk Empire TV - Robin Williams - Great Crimes & Trials TV - D H Lawrence - Anthony Harkins - Aaron Wilburn - Rich Hall's The Dirty South TV - Sweet Home Alabama TV - Django Unchained 2012 - Tennessee Williams & A Streetcar Named Desire 1951 - Cat on a Hot Tin Roof 1958 - Cool Hand Luke 1967 - Gone With the Wind 1939 - The Fugitive Kind 1960 - Honeydripper 2007 - The Last Picture Show 1971 - Ethel TV - America: The Story of the US TV - Pete Daniel - Reginald D Hunter TV - Cape Fear 1991 - Little Nicky 2000 - Selma 2014 - Deliverance 1972 - Uncensored with Michael Ware TV - Stacey Dooley TV - CSA: Confederate States of America 2004 - How the World Made America TV - Niall Ferguson TV  -     

 

 

28,511.  Southerners would have told you they were fighting for self- government.  They believed the gathering of power in Washington was against them.  When they entered into that Federation they certainly would never have entered into it if it hadn’t believed it to be possible to get out.  (United States & Civil War & South)  Shelby Foote

 

 

28,537.  Any Deep South boy, anyhow, and probably all Southern boys have been familiar with the Civil War as a sort of thing in their conscience going back.  I honestly believe that it’s in all our subconscious.  This country was into its adolescence at the time of the Civil War.  It really was; it hadn’t formulated itself really as an adult nation, and the Civil War did that.  Like all traumatic experiences that you might have had in your adolescence, it stays with you the rest of your life, certainly in your subconscious, most likely in your conscience, too.  I think that the Civil War had the nature of that kind of experience for the country.  Anybody who’s looked into it at all realizes that it truly is the outstanding event in American history insofar as making us what we are.  The kind of country we are emerged from the Civil War, not from the Revolution.  The Revolution provided us with a constitution; it broke us loose from England; it made us free.  But the Civil War really defined us.  It said what we were going to be, and it said what we’re not going to be.  It drifted away from the Southern, mostly Virginia, influence up into the New England and Middle Western influence, and we became that kind of nation instead of the other kind of nation.  (United States & Civil War & South)  Shelby Foote

 

 

17,199.  The South – they’re not exactly known for their forward thinking down there.  (Gangstas: Atlantic City & South)  Boardwalk Empire: Emerald City s1e10, Nucky to Margaret

 

 

67,593.  We’ve had cloning in the South for years.  It’s called cousins.  (Clone & South)  Robin Williams

 

 

18,196.  The Klan was able to claim a membership of no fewer than five million people.  Its objects of hatred had now broadened from blacks to include Roman Catholics, Jews, all foreigners and organised labour.  The Klan became an integral part of Southern life.  (Gangstas & South)  Great Crimes & Trials: Ku Klux Klan

 

 

23,090.  I want to go south, where there is no autumn, where the cold doesn’t crouch over one like a snow-leopard waiting to pounce.  The heart of the North is dead, and the fingers of cold are corpse-fingers.  D H Lawrence, letter 15th August 1928

 

 

23,091.  The word hillbilly first appears in print in 1900.  The image I think goes back before that.  Dr Anthony Harkins, associate professor Western Kentucky University

 

 

23,130.  Folks from the South ponder things that other people don’t care about.  Aaron Wilburn, Southern Culture 2008

 

 

23,092.  In Southern films there will be one single defining feature – it’s going to be hot.  Stinking hot.  Friggin’ hot.  (Southern Films & Hot) Rich Hall’s ‘The Dirty South’ *****

 

23,093.  What’s Body Heat but a remake of Double Indemnity with sweat?  ibid.

 

23,094.  The Long Hot Summer ... In the Heat of the Night ... Mississippi Burning ... ibid.

 

23,095.  The true South – it’s not all gallant men and magnolias, nor is it all rednecks and Bible thumpers.  But the film interpretations of its people, races impoverished, unsophisticated, almost always seem to paint it that way.  ibid.

 

23,096.  The motto of the Lost Cause is – The South’s Gonna Rise Again.  ibid.

 

23,097.  If a filmmaker has made you feel the South he has achieved something remarkable.  ibid.

 

23,098.  Suddenly Last Summer: Catherine Hepburn plays a decaying Southern matriarch who attempts to have her niece committed to a mental asylum and lobotomised.  ibid.

 

23,099.  And that’s the South in a nutshell – it cannot escape the stigma of losing the Civil War.  ibid.

 

23,100.  The South itself is a memory play.  ibid.

 

23,101.  Hollywood treats the South like dirt.  ibid.

 

23,102.  What kind of people actually celebrate inbreeding, retardation and reverse evolution?  And why?  ibid.

 

23,103.  The hillbilly was invented by northern newspaper men and other fantasists are a kind of antidote to civilisation.  ibid.

 

23,104.  The stereotype of the fighting feuding hillbilly embarrassed the northern elite.  ibid.

 

23,105.  No-one sold more novels than ... Erskine Caldwell.  ibid.

 

23,106.  In Tobacco Road a sheer-cropper’s daughter offers her body in exchange for a turnip.  ibid.

 

23,107.  What Erskine Caldwell was trying to do was to portray the abuse of the Southern industrial worker and the disintegration of the family through the ravages of poverty: viz God’s Little Acre 1958, directed by Anthony Mann  ibid.

 

23,108.  The image of the southerner as an icon of ridicule was now firmly cemented in American consciousness as a fly in amber.  ibid.

 

23,109.  Intruder in the Dusk is the first film to actually treat the South realistically.  ibid.

 

23,110.  What it does have is Tennessee Williams.  ibid.

 

23,111.  A Streetcar Named Desire is set in a two-room apartment in New Orleans.  ibid.

 

23,112.  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof:  Burl Ives plays Big Daddy, he is a plantation owner who has also got terminal cancer ... A metaphor for the decline of the old South.  ibid.

 

23,113.  What Williams did was to give the South a dimension of feeling, he made it nasty and sexy and dirty and psychotic and illicit.  ibid.

 

23,114.  Sun Studios ... Some of the greatest artists in the history of music have recorded in this five-hundred-and-forty-square-foot room.  (Southern Films & Music)  ibid.

 

23,115.  Elvis played rockabilly, and rockabilly caused its listeners to go manic.  (Southern Films & Music)  ibid.

 

23,116.  They had no idea what Jerry Lee was about to stir up ... Jerry Lee Lewis was a shit-kicker.  (Southern Films & Music)  ibid.

 

23,117.  Rednecks, racism and religion.  ibid.

 

23,118.  In the mid-fifties in America the Civil Rights movement was in full swing.  In Montgomery Alabama in 1955 a woman named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat in the all-white section of the city bus.  ibid.

 

23,119.  By the end of To Kill a Mockingbird six-year-old Scout Finch has learned a valuable lesson.  ibid.

 

23,120.  In The Heat of the Night ... depicting its people as universally racist.  ibid.

 

23,121.  Sydney Poitier was there first.  ibid.

 

23,122.  The Klansman starring Lee Marvin and Richard Burton co-starring O J Simpson.  ibid.

 

23,123.  Southern prejudice as a cinematic construct was a no-brainer for Hollywood and an easy leap for viewers to make.  ibid.

 

23,124.  Easy Rider ... It’s lazy, it’s self-agrandising, it’s not remotely anti-Hollywood.  ibid.

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