Faulkner During Filming of a Documentary for Television
In 1952, Faulkner agreed to participate in a short documentary
financed by the Ford Foundation. In the seventeen-minute film,
Faulkner is shown visiting the law office of his old mentor, Phil
Stone, the store of his friend and pharmacist, Mac Reed, and speaking
to townspeople on the square near the courthouse. The script called
for the players to pretend it was shortly after Faulkner had been
awarded the Nobel Prize in December 1950. During this scene in
the library at Rowan Oak, Faulkner is receiving a visit from Phil
Mullen (not pictured), editor of the Oxford Eagle, who
is trying to cajole Faulkner into granting him an interview, since
people will want to know more about the winner of a Nobel Prize.
In the film script, Faulkner agrees, but adds while still
on camera "But no pictures." The documentary was broadcast
on CBS-TV's Omnibus program.
||Scene from The Southerner
||Faulkner at the University of Virginia
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