Intruder in the Dust
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Intruder in the Dust
Intruder in the Dust is one of the best of Hollywood's postwar "racial tolerance" cycle--a cycle that would come to an abrupt end in the politically paranoid 1950s. Based on a novel by William Faulkner, the film takes place in a small Mississippi town (it was filmed on location in and around Oxford, MS). Juano Hernandez plays an African-American landowner who is arrested on a murder charge. Resentful of Hernandez' industriousness, the white townsfolk are eager to see him hang. David Brian, the attorney uncle of a young white boy (Claude Jarman Jr.) who has befriended… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Denis' film -- which may be her most intricately constructed and intensely beautiful to date -- is one that transcends words and stories, a movie to be felt rather than rationalized."
‑ , L.A. Weekly
"A brilliantly accomplished "racial bias" cycle film of the 1940s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Powerhouse mix of racial drama and mystery, vividly shot on location in Mississippi."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Paula Deen apologists, take note: This MGM adaptation of Faulkner's novel demonstrates that the N-word was recognized as ugly and hurtful even in 1949 -- even in Mississippi, where it certainly was heard with some frequency."
‑ John Beifuss, Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
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