As I Lay Dying (film)

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As I Lay Dying
As I Lay Dying 2013 film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by James Franco
Produced by Caroline Aragon
Lee Caplin
Vince Jolivette
Avi Lerner
Miles Levy
Matthew O'Toole
Robert Van Norden
Written by James Franco
Matthew Rager
Based on As I Lay Dying 
by William Faulkner
Starring James Franco
Cinematography Christina Voros
Release dates
  • May 20, 2013 (2013-05-20) (Cannes)
Running time 120 minutes
Country United States
Language English

As I Lay Dying is a 2013 American drama film directed and co-written by and starring James Franco, based on the William Faulkner novel of the same name published in 1930. The story is based on the loss of a mother and the struggles in which the family suffers by going the distance to her burial grounds in her home town.[1]

The film was screened in the Un Certain Regard Section at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.[2][3]

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

James Franco decided to write a screenplay of the novel with a fellow Yale graduate student, Matt Rager. The novel As I Lay Dying was described as a story impossible to be transformed into a film due to the multi-narrative voices within it.[4] Franco saw this as a challenge and was able to depict the many voices, through choices of styling through camera edits. Faulkner told this story in a chorus of voices: 15 narrators in the 59 chapters.[4] To locate an equivalent for the novel’s polyphonal scheme, Franco in relation to this decision employs the use of narrative expressed through dialogue and voice overs.[1]

Filming took place in Mississippi from August 21, 2012 to October 5, 2012.

Release[edit]

The film was originally scheduled for a theatrical release on September 27, 2013 but Millenium Films scrapped the plans. It was released on October 22, 2013 to iTunes and November 5, 2013 to DVD/VOD platforms.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Scott, A. O. "A Life Ravels Out, and a Brooding Family Sets Forth". New York Times. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "2013 Official Selection". Cannes. 20 April 2013. Retrieved 20 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Lodge, Guy. "How has James Franco saturated the festival circuit?". HitFix Awards. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Entin, Joseph. "Filming Faulkner’s Modernism: James Franco’s "As I Lay Dying"". Los Angeles Reviews Of Books. Retrieved April 2, 2014. 

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