Cinema: The New Pictures, Mar. 16, 1959

The Sound and the Fury (20th Century-Fox) is the most interesting operation Hollywood has ever performed on a William Faulkner book. Scriptwriters Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr., in their shrewd but ruthless resection of the story, have revised almost every episode out of all resemblance to the novel, and have tidied up almost every character so as not to offend the mass public. Nevertheless, the result of all this figuring and jiggering is a picture that is both merchantable and unexpectedly moving.

The story, as the film tells it, is a sort of...

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