1006 The Story of Temple Drake

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1006 The Story of Temple Drake

#1 Post by Antares » Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:09 pm

The Story of Temple Drake

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Loosely adapted from William Faulkner's controversial novel Sanctuary, this notorious pre-Code melodrama stars Miriam Hopkins as Temple Drake, the coquettish granddaughter of a respected small-town judge. When a boozehound date strands her at a bootleggers' hideout, Temple is subjected to an act of nightmarish sexual violence and plunged into a criminal underworld that threatens to swallow her up completely. Steeped in southern-gothic shadows by influential cinematographer Karl Struss and shot through with moral ambiguity, The Story of Temple Drake is a harrowing vision of sin and salvation that boasts an astonishing lead performance from the fiery Hopkins, whose passage through the stations of terror, trauma, and redemption is a true tour de force of screen acting.

SPECIAL FEATURES

• High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
• New program featuring a conversation between cinematographer John Bailey and Matt Severson, director of the Margaret Herrick Library at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, about the film's visual style, along with archival materials relating to its production
• New program with critic Imogen Sara Smith about the complexity of the film and its central performance by Miriam Hopkins
• New interview with critic Mick LaSalle about the film, censorship, and the Production Code
• PLUS: An essay by critic Geoffrey O'Brien

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Re: The Story of Temple Drake

#2 Post by domino harvey » Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:12 pm

Antares wrote:
Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:09 pm
Somebody's posted the whole film on Youtube, catch it before it disappears.
We actually have a whole thread for covert uploads like the above here 8-) :-$

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Re: The Story of Temple Drake (1933)

#3 Post by Antares » Wed Feb 18, 2009 3:13 pm

Thanks, didn't know about that thread.

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Re: The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

#4 Post by rainerc » Wed Jul 06, 2011 6:44 am

TCM will broadcast STORY OF TEMPLE DRAKE in September. Date is: 14-Sep-11 08:00 PM.
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Re: The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

#5 Post by swo17 » Wed Jul 06, 2011 11:21 am

Where's the thread for the covert sunglasses smilies?

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Re: The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

#6 Post by myrnaloyisdope » Sat Jul 09, 2011 11:53 am

Nice, I am a big fan of the film, but the copies floating around aren't too stellar, I'm curious to see what it will look like!

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Re: The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

#7 Post by Antares » Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:02 pm

TCM will be airing this on 9/14/11 at 8pm.

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Re: The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

#8 Post by FrauBlucher » Thu Mar 05, 2015 7:25 am

The original NY Times review.... Interestingly, the reviewer leaves out a very important aspect of the film.

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Re: The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

#9 Post by jason80 » Sat Mar 07, 2015 8:19 am

I would have liked this film, had I not read the book the month before. Not only is the movie a sort of cliff notes version of the novel, but it changes the novel's intention. The book is pretty graphic, describing rape with a corn cob, which naturally could not have been filmed back then anyway; but the film makes Temple a sort of a heroine, where in the book she turns out to be almost as bad as the roadhouse gang. The film has some great visuals though, especially Temple in the barn about to be attacked. The lighting is incredible.

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Re: The Story of Temple Drake (Stephen Roberts, 1933)

#10 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:18 pm

Forthcoming, as teased in the Criterion Newsletter Doodle

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#11 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:31 pm

So this is presumably the Pre-Code Criterion has been teasing as forthcoming for so long, right?

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#12 Post by soundchaser » Wed Aug 28, 2019 12:37 pm

Must be. Would make a nice place for a bonus overview of the Hays Code and the era in general.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#13 Post by Shrew » Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:07 pm

Wasn't the rumored pre-code film something from the Warner catalog? As a Paramount film, this would coming from Universal, right?

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#14 Post by FrauBlucher » Wed Aug 28, 2019 4:56 pm

This falls under the “you learn something new everyday” category. I had no idea an adult male duck was called a drake. Very cool clue. Anyway, thrilled for this release. Saw the restoration a number of years ago. It looked great. It’ll be interesting to see how Criterion handles the supplements

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#15 Post by domino harvey » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:03 pm

I’m not sure if I learned it from this song, but it’s def why I remembered it

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#16 Post by swo17 » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:17 pm

Surprised they didn't go with something more like

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#17 Post by captveg » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:44 pm

Shrew wrote:
Wed Aug 28, 2019 1:07 pm
Wasn't the rumored pre-code film something from the Warner catalog? As a Paramount film, this would coming from Universal, right?
This should actually be licensed from Fox, as they bought the film from Paramount when they made the 1961 film Sanctuary. I believe the reason Paramount still had the film at that time was because its content/subject matter prevented any TV showings, which is the same reason The Miracle of Morgan's Creek wasn't sold in the 1929-1948 package to MCA in 1955. But my timeline may be off, with Zanuck buying it from Paramount before the MCA sale.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#18 Post by knives » Wed Aug 28, 2019 5:54 pm

I'm super psyched for this. It's my favorite Faulkner novel and it will be great to see a film version though I'll admit Richardson's sounds more interesting.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#19 Post by therewillbeblus » Wed Aug 28, 2019 9:56 pm

Quite the (welcome) surprise, and considering the current political climate I imagine Criterion will have to release a decent load of scholarly material in the supplements. There are too many controversial readings for them to weigh in on, and ignoring them could be interpreted as dismissive on a larger scale.

There’s so much to like here just in technique alone sans analysis, but the nighttime frenetic car ride with flashlights as lighting near the beginning is nothing short of exhilarating.

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#20 Post by bugsy_pal » Thu Aug 29, 2019 10:01 pm

My first thought was that the new clue was for "Synechdoche, New York"... synagogue.. duckie... get it?

Funny how the (deranged) human mind works...

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Re: Forthcoming: The Story of Temple Drake

#21 Post by swo17 » Mon Sep 16, 2019 12:33 pm


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#22 Post by FrauBlucher » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:02 pm

I'm really, really pumped for this title. The supplements hit all the right cords of code, Hopkins and look of film, if they're executed properly.

It would be great if the B&N sale goes through Dec 3. [-o<

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