Movie Reviews

Swamp Water

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Written by Dudley Nichols. From Vereen Bell’s novel.
Directed by Jean Renoir.
1941.

Jean Renoir’s Swamp Water is a troublesome picture. On the one hand, it is, as The New York Times allows, Faulknerian in its scope and, despite its many off-set troubles, an intensely personal movie. On the other hand, it occasionally smacks of a certain attitude toward the backwoods southerner that falls just short of barefoot caricature.

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