As I Lay Dying (film)
|As I Lay Dying|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||James Franco|
|Produced by||Caroline Aragon
Robert Van Norden
|Written by||James Franco
|Based on||As I Lay Dying
by William Faulkner
|Running time||120 minutes|
As I Lay Dying is a 2013 American drama film directed, 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.
- James Franco as Darl Bundren
- Logan Marshall-Green as Jewel Bundren
- Danny McBride as Vernon Tull
- Tim Blake Nelson as Anse Bundren
- Ahna O'Reilly as Dewey Dell Bundren
- Beth Grant as Addie Bundren
- Jim Parrack as Cash Bundren
- Jesse Heiman as Jody
- Scott Haze as Skeet MacGowan
James Franco decided to write a screenplay of the novel with a fellow 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. 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. 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. James Franco also incorporates different elements such as split screen which is effective in a sense which, allowing the viewers to connect to the isolation each character experiences since they are connected by blood, duty, and desire.
Filming took place in Mississippi from August 21, 2012 to October 5, 2012.
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.
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