Mississippi Matinee an Exhibition of the State and the Silver Screen
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Introduction: Mississippi Matinée(1)
William Faulkner reportedly described Hollywood as a "place where a man can get stabbed in the back while climbing a ladder."  Correspondingly Tennessee Williams described success as, "a kind of death [coming] to you in a storm of royalty checks beside a kidney-shaped pool in Beverly Hills." Although both of these well-known Mississippi authors showed antipathy towards the industry, they knew Hollywood well - both spent time writing screenplays for the big production companies and both saw their works transformed into celluloid. Their comments symbolize Mississippi’s unusual love-hate relationship with the film industry.
Hollywood has always shown interest in Mississippi as a place and a subject. From The Crisis, shot in Vicksburg in 1916, to the present, this state has provided three things which attract screenwriters, directors, producers, and most especially moviegoers: brilliant authors, a tumultuous history, and scenic locales. It is a land of extreme beauty and occasionally extreme sadness which translates well into film. Its citizens, while sometimes somewhat reluctant to take to the "acting bug" have eventually joined in the process and become quite taken with it.  [go to page 2 >>]

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