The Story of Temple Drake


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Studio: Criterion Collection
Director: Stephen Roberts
Year: 1933
Format: DVD
Genre: Drama
Cast: Miriam Hopkins
Original Language: English
Subtitle Language:
Number of discs: 1
Street Date: December 3 2019
Runtime (minutes): 71

SKU: CC3095DDVD Categories: ,


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

• High-definition digital restoration
• 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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