Walker Evans

Black History Month movie: 'Intruder in the Dust'

Hollywood never provided a richer picture of the Jim Crow South than Clarence Brown's "Intruder in the Dust," a fresh, inspired adaptation of William Faulkner's 1948 novel.

It's not a message movie about racial injustice. It's about the American experience of growing up by crashing through the precepts and prejudices of your town, your state, your region — and your family. It combines a coming-of-age fable and a detective story with an acute dissection of tribal beliefs and herd mentality. Long out of print, this MGM milestone has just entered the Warner Archive Collection. (Warner Archive DVDs are made on demand through warnerarchive.com.)

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