The Southerner (1945)
This is such a deliberately sentimental, salt-of-the-earth story, filmed with intelligence but no particular innovation, it's hard to believe the same director made one of my favorite movies, "Rules of the Game," with all its energy and sophistication. Can it be even as relevant as it seems to want to be, six years after the depression ended, and everyone's attention on the war, the bomb, and the returning soldiers with no jobs? In fact, the more you watch it the more it seems like a parody--but to make a tongue-in-cheek movie about something this earthy would be a kind of slap at the soul of the country.
So what's to be though, or said? It almost has the documentary feel of a Flaherty film (from twenty years earlier). The heartfelt and rather sympathetic tone is offset (for me) by the obvious types played out--the terribly good neighbors and the backwards mean ones, the struggling good wife and the struggling good husband (both smart and stubborn and beautiful). You can have your preferences, of course, but if I compare to "Grapes of Wrath," as one example, I see a whole different kind of movie making, from acting style to photographic intensity to a story with complexity as well as sentimental warmth.
But let's look at the other hand. This is not a slick Hollywood film. It was produced (funded and controlled) by the director himself, and he was able to keep what I call a European feel to the filming, something more honest. And the themes may well come from the huge trauma of Renoir's own life, having escaped from Europe and made an anti-Nazi film but felt adrift. This is his first straight American film, and he may in fact not know his subject directly, but only through the FSA photographs, LIFE magazine stories, and the book that it was based on, a pop fiction bit of pulp fiction in its own way.
Heartbreak, bad weather, and ever transcendent human compassion merge together in this well made but imperfect film, sometimes regarded as Renoir's best American effort. Take it on your terms.
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The Southerner is a movie starring Zachary Scott, Betty Field, and J. Carrol Naish. The life of the poor Tucker family, that worked as cotton pluggers and decided to get their own ground, but nature is against them.
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- Genre: Drama |
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- Size: 1.76G
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- Language: English
- Run Time: 92
- IMDB Rating: 7.3/10
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Sam Tucker, a cotton picker, in search of a better future for his family, decides to grow his own cotton crop. In the first year, the Tuckers battle disease, a flood, and a jealous neighbor. Can they make it as farmers?
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Moving if you let it move you, but sentimental and overworn stuffReviewed bysecondtakeVote: 6/10
The Southerner (1945)
Beautifully shot, absorbing film about the close-knit Tucker clan - Sam (Zachary Scott), the handsome dad who loves being a farmer, Nona (Betty Field), a good wife and mother who always seems to look well-groomed in spite of her hard work, two really cute kids, and then there's ornery old Granny (Beulah Bondi), she of the sharp tongue and stubborn will. In a gorgeously photographed scene where they are working for hire in the bright, sunlit fields picking cotton - the couple watches as their Uncle dies in the fields saying in his last breath "Grow your own crops", and they decide to do just that. Soon they have rented a property where they can raise cotton and be their own masters, so to speak - well, the house turns out to be nothing but a broken-down, ramshackle shack, the whole place needs loads and loads of work - but one good thing" it has "good earth". Troubles ensue - trouble with the neighbors, trouble getting food, sickness troubles, weather troubles, oh brother!
Well, this is an excellent, heartfelt, and well photographed film done in an unusual, distinctive style. The actors who play the Tucker family do a good job in making this actually seem like a real family and make you want to root for them - but it is Beulah Bondi as cantankerous Granny who really steals this film for me - I really enjoyed her scenes and thought they added a little spice to this! The hardships this clan has to go through can be hard to watch sometimes, but the story is involving and the film is quite memorable.
It's too bad this film is always being compared with John Ford's production of "The Grapes of Wrath." While they both cover general ground, they are quite different structurally. "The Southerner" is almost plot less, relying on slices of early American life as homesteaders struggle to keep their farms intact.
Apparently the critics are divided on this one, many calling it one of Jean Renior's greatest achievements, while others feel it only slightly above average. Admittedly, attention to innovative stark realism is paired with some rather predictable stock situations. All in all though for me, it's an engrossing film, and an honest one.
A great point of interest is Zachary Scott, in his second screen role. Minus his characteristic mustache and playing a simple "tiller of the soil," he seemed strangely cast. We're so used to his ultra-slick, amoral roles, that seeing him in this film is rather startling. Not to say he wasn't good at it. There's just something about his angular face and sharp, thin nose, that suggests he ought to be more in a tailored tux than wrinkly overalls.
Reading Scott's bio was informative: not a particularly happy life and career, despite his impressive seventy total credits. I got the feeling that Warner Bros. simply didn't know what to do with him, following "Mildred Pierce" and "Flamingo Road." Maybe they felt he was so convincing in these sinister roles that the public wouldn't buy him as other types. Whatever the case, his private life seemed rather glum and lacking vitality. (Could also be his first name may have been a downer in the long run.) The supporting cast of "The Southerner" is fine, and the film remains a strong depiction of early rural life in America.