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Watch: First Trailer For James Franco's Cannes Contender 'As I Lay Dying

by Kevin Jagernauth
May 13, 2013 2:34 PM
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As I Lay Dying

Tackling an adaptation of a William Faulkner novel, featuring no less than fifteen different characters, in a narrative that doesn't lend itself easily to a cinematic interpretation would be a challenge for anybody. But not everybody is James Franco. In the past year, he's dropped a documentary about a porn site and another inspired by deleted scenes from William Friedkin's "Cruising," so "As I Lay Dying" is right in his wheelhouse of ambitious fare. The fact that it has been included in the Cannes Film Festival lineup as part of the Un Certain Regard slate appears to mean he's done his job and pulled it off, and now you can judge for yourself.

The first trailer for the film has arrived and the first thing that pops out is the gorgeous cinematography of frequent Franco collaborator Christina Voros (she directed "kink," which he produced). While we had our doubts about the voice over, it seems to be a device that will be used by all the characters in the movie, not just Franco, who shows off his Southern drawl. It looks grimy, gritty and intense as well, though we wonder when rape/sexual violence (is that what that brief scene is?) got a pass to appear in trailers. Anyway...

We'll see how this all turns out when it unspools at Cannes in about a week. Watch below. [The Film Stage]

As I Lay Dying Poster
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  • Matt | May 17, 2013 10:19 AMReply

    Looks like its worth a viewing, love the book. I would like to see an attempt at The Sound and The Fury by someone ballsy enough to pull it off.

  • DG | May 15, 2013 6:00 PMReply

    I'm gonna give it a maybe

  • lookf4r | May 13, 2013 5:58 PMReply

    Not a very encouraging trailer.

  • d | May 13, 2013 4:05 PMReply

    Has Franco directed anything good?

  • Anonymouse | May 13, 2013 3:42 PMReply

    not impressed. looks like a film school project.

  • Alex | May 13, 2013 9:47 PM


  • marshmeli | May 13, 2013 3:38 PMReply

    Damn, Jesse James score is just soooo good...

  • yer | May 13, 2013 4:13 PM

    I know right? Why do so many mediocre films use the score for their trailers?

  • Nice1 | May 13, 2013 2:50 PMReply

    It looks amazing, can't wait to see the full movie. The trailer works really well at all levels and Franco plus crew good luck in Cannes.

  • NAH | May 13, 2013 2:43 PMReply

    In the book Dewey Dell was like 15. Here, she's 32

  • 09986654 | May 13, 2013 2:41 PMReply

    Pretty much as expected. Just take the plot, throw it onscreen, expect it to somehow be as good as the book

  • yer | May 13, 2013 2:37 PMReply

    Looks kind of budget...

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