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William Faulkner's "As I Lay Dying": Two Versions

Year: 1956, 1965, 55 mins
Code: CAT-Will

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Written in 1930, the book, which Faulkner described as a “tour de force”, tracks the story of a poor Mississippi farm woman whose family’s innermost thoughts come alive in the days of her death. It unfolds in a stream of consciousness technique in a fictional rendering of Faulkner’s own hometown.


An excerpt from the celebrated novel is here interpreted in two different ways.


Dramatization (1956)

A sampling of the book’s fifteen narrators, in monologues and dramatic scenes.



Mildred Dunnock, with Robert Armstrong, Ralph Chambers, Philip Coolidge, Warren Feigin, Edith King, Robert Lansing, Susan Oliver, Richard Shepard


Dance/Drama (1965)

Excerpts of a dance interpretation by choreographer/dancer/actress Valerie Bettis.

Cast: Valerie Bettis, Thatcher Clarke, Patrick Cummings, Leland Palmer, William Reilly, and Joyce Trisler; with actor Lawrence Luckinbill.

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