Video: Southern Gothic

What makes for Southern Gothic? Robert Greene can tell you some tales…

Deep focus: Southern Gothic

Robert Greene

Spoiler alert: this video shows scenes from the endings of Reflections in a Golden Eye and The Fugitive Kind.

It also features several scenes of violent shooting.



In the May 2015 issue of Sight & Sound

The Gothic tradition in the American South, exemplified in literature in the work of Carson McCullers, Flannery O’Connor and William Faulkner, has long provided a rich seam of content for cinema. Finding their spark in what Tennessee Williams called “an underlying dreadfulness in modern experience” and set amid the decaying grandeur and crumbling mansions of the ante-bellum South, these films are haunted by the ghosts of slavery, lost loves and dark family secrets, and feature exiles and eccentrics in a world characterised by macabre violence. By Nick Pinkerton.

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At the BFI Southbank

All the films featured in this video screen in the Deep Focus season Southern Gothic: Love, Death and Religion in the American Deep South, 2-31 May 2015 at BFI Southbank, London.

  • Sight & Sound: the May 2015 issue

    Sight & Sound: the May 2015 issue

    Born on the bayou – the gothic cinema of the American Deep South, plus The Falling, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Jauja, Force...

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