The Sound and the Fury
WITH PRODUCER LEE CAPLIN
The multi-talented James Franco directs this adaption of William Faulkner’s Nobel Prize-winning classic of the same name. The story explores the trials and tribulations of the Compson siblings living in the Deep South during the early part of the twentieth century.
A notoriously complex literary work, Franco successfully experiments with imagery and sound to express Faulkner’s intricate prose and writing style. With brave and nuanced performances from Franco and Loretta Devine as Dilsey, the film is Franco’s impressive tribute to a masterwork.
Franco described to The Guardian what attracts him to Faulkner: “He’s the granddaddy of southern writers. He’s our high modernist writer. He goes hand in hand with James Joyce and Virginia Woolf and Proust… I think his best books are As I Lay Dying and The Sound and the Fury, the two books that I’ve adapted. When I think about adapting books for film, what I like about Faulkner is that he enables me to make period pieces. So the world within the film takes place in the 1920s or earlier, but his writing is so complex and unusual that it allows me to use very contemporary film techniques and editing styles. That’s exciting to me.”
Director: James Franco
Screenplay: Matt Rager, based on the novel by William Faulkner
Cinematographer: Bruce Thierry Cheung
Editor: Ian Olds
Music: Tim O’Keefe
Cast: James Franco, Joey King, Tim Blake Nelson, Keegan Allen, Janet Jones, Loretta Devine, Seth Rogen, Danny McBride
Running Time: 101 minutes