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Southerner, The (1945)
Starring: Betty Field, Zachary Scott, Beulah Bondi, Percy Kilbride, J. Carrol Naish, Estelle Taylor, Blanche Yurka
Director: Jean Renoir
Category: Classic
Studio: VCI Home Video/ Magic Lantern
91 mins



Superb drama of family struggling to make farmland self-supporting against serious odds." -Leonard Maltin

Famed French director Jean Renoir came up with a true slice of Americana in this drama, in which he also helped to write the screenplay, which chronicles a year in the life of a tenant-farmer and his family. Zachary Scott abandoned this usual smooth characterizations to portray the beleaguered man of the land, coping with trying to survive against the problems of farming and a troublesome neighbor. Excellent photography and top performances by all involved make this a special film not to be missed by any classic film buff.
Based on George Sessions Perry's novel, Hold Autumn in Your Hand, The Southerner was Renoir's favorite among his American films. The film, though not a huge box-office success for United Artists, garnered much critical acclaim and also won the Venice Film Festival's Best Picture Award.