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The Sound and the Fury (2014)

A look at the trials and tribulations of The Compson siblings, living in the deep south during the early part of the twentieth century.



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Caddy Compson
Miss Quentin
Quentin Compson
Caroline Bascomb Compson
Dalton Ames
Herbert Ames
Young Quentin Compson
Young Caddy Compson
Cody Farr ...
Young Jason Compson

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Directed by and starring Academy Award nominee James Franco, The Sound and The Fury captures the lives and passions of the Compsons, a once proud Southern family caught in a tragic spiral of loss and misfortune. Based on the novel by Nobel Prize winner author William Faulkner and considered among the 20th century's greatest works, The Sound and The Fury encapsulates the universal theme of the death of honor, social injustice and forbidden love. Written by Anon

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23 October 2015 (USA)  »

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L'urlo e il furore  »

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This film marks the eleventh collaboration with James Franco and Seth Rogen, after This is the End (2013), Pineapple Express (2008), The Disaster Artist (2017), Freaks and Geeks (1999), The Night Before (2015), The Interview (2014), Sausage Party (2016), Knocked Up (2007), The Green Hornet (2011), and Zeroville (2017). See more »


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Couldn't have been done better!
14 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I might change my mind at some point, but ever since seeing this film I've been asking myself what, if anything, James Franco could have improved with this difficult adaptation of a difficult book, and I haven't thought of anything yet. The real question is whether a film-maker ought to revise the source material to make it easier for the public to understand. Yes, he should, is the answer if all that matters is the commercial viability of the film. No, he shouldn't, if he's creating a work of art, and that what Franco has done here. I didn't think he had it in him. If you've read the book a few times, enough to disentangle the narrative, you'll appreciate what's been done. The book is divided into three parts. Part 1 focuses on Benjy and his experiences. Because Benjy has no grasp of time, past and present are mixed up confusingly. One lovely touch in the film is the way that random thoughts of Benjy are heard in his sister's voice, because he has no voice of his own. Part 2 is the story of his mentally disturbed brother Quentin. In the film, as in the book, it helps to know that there are two Quentins. The other one is Benjy's sister Caddy's daughter. In the book, Quentin's story is interrupted by partially informative streams of consciousness. In the film, the conclusion you reach is that here is a deeply disturbed young man, just about able to pass himself off as 'normal'. Again, the flow of time is as disordered as the man. Part 3 is, finally, a coherent narrative structure, focusing on brother Jason, the man with the worst anger management problem in the world. The film has matched all three parts as well as a film possibly could, and if you hate it, as my partner did, then you'd probably hate the book, and I could understand why. But I have to say that James Franco has created one of the best-made films I've seen recently, and I admire him greatly for doing so. It makes me optimistic about the forthcoming 'In Dubious Battle'.

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