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Sanctuary (1961)

William Faulkner's steamy tale set in the South in the 1920s. Governer's daughter is seduced and raped by a Cajun who returns after she's married to cause her further trouble.

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Tony Richardson

Writers:

Ruth Ford (adaptation), James Poe
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee Remick ... Temple Drake
Yves Montand ... Candy Man
Bradford Dillman ... Gowan Stevens
Harry Townes ... Ira Bobbitt
Odetta Odetta ... Nancy Mannigoe
Howard St. John ... Governor Drake
Jean Carson ... Norma
Reta Shaw ... Miss Reba
Strother Martin ... Dog Boy
William Mims William Mims ... Lee
Marge Redmond ... Flossie
Jean Bartel Jean Bartel ... Swede
Hope Du Bois Hope Du Bois ... Mamie
Pamela Raymond Pamela Raymond ... Cora
Dona Lorenson Dona Lorenson ... Connie
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William Faulkner's Deep South drama of tragedy and expose of a "proper" community riddled with moral decay to the household of a governor of Mississippi during the 1920's. The governor's cherished and properly married daughter makes an astonishing confession to the governor just before the execution of a household servant for the murder of the daughter's baby. Written by alfiehitchie

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THIS IS THE TRUTH ABOUT THE DEGRADED TEMPLE DRAKE whose silence CONDEMNED a woman to the GALLOWS! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1961 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Confissão de Uma Pecadora See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Soundtracks

Sanctuary
Music by Alex North
Lyrics by Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman (as Marilyn Keith)
Performed by Julie London
Trombone: Richard Nash (uncredited)
Guitar: Tommy Tedesco (uncredited)
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Governor's daughter misbehavin' and getting stuck with bootleggers
17 June 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

I never liked William Faulkner, and I never liked Lee Remick, since I always saw her in the same kind of roles, as sinful victims. This film made me completely change my mind about both.

Not that the major credit is to either of them, but the real character here is Odetta as Nancy, the one person who takes responsibility and stands up to things and does something about it, actually interfering with destiny, at a full price which she pays willingly with heroic stoicism. Every scene in which she appears comes alive with a secret life of intensity, as if this presence of fate hanging in the air was self-evidently in her control. The most interesting scene is therefore when she (with the other fallen ladies) interprets the cards telling their fortunes.

It's a tawdry story, many scenes are downright disgusting, but Tony Richardson's direction is impressing as usual, and Yves Montand is the second best to Odetta. Another triumph is the very skilfully contrived music by Alex North. There is a wonderful scene in the dirty bar with all the wenches as they wallow in dancing Charleston. This is a story of the 20s with bootlegging as the chief subject of the plot. I can't help it, but I enjoyed it - and will remember Odetta for this forever.


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