A wealthy but neurotic Southern belle finds herself trapped in the hideout of a gang of vicious bootleggers. The gang’s leader lusts after her, and is determined not to let anything stand in the way of his having her.
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It's a morality tale. That being said, this Pre-Code film slices and dices the formula of such potential tearjerkers--dissecting the psychology of a unique cinematic party girl. Within the aftermath of lethal and sexual violence, polarized reactions occur within Temple's already deep self-loathing, forcing Stockholm Syndrome-like efforts at self-protection. It's not Faulkner, but it's torrid, sexy and thoughtful.
Thanks to TCM and a beautiful, sparkling print, this unsettling, violent tale from William Faulkner of a young, not so innocent southern belle trapped in a decaying bootleg mansion with a bunch of violent drunken no-hopers, is a revelation. Miriam Hopkins delivers one of the great, sympathetic screen performances ever, and Jack la Rue as the thug who rapes her, is also extremely unsettling.
Restoration Criterion plz!