Our region is one of the most interesting in the U.S. As such, it has been the backdrop of a number of movies. Want to watch how film-makers represent Mississippi? Pop a soothing bowl of popcorn, crash on your sofa in HELiX Starkville Student Apartments, and rent or stream these films. Discuss with your friends what you think about them.
O Brother, Where Art Thou? is more about the Deep South in the Great Depression of the 1930s in general than about Mississippi in particular, but it does feature Mississippi. It’s a tale of a convict sentenced to hard labor, his buddies, and his attempts to escape and get back to his wife and children before she – despairing of his behavior – gives up on him for good. Despite this plot outline, O Brother, Where Art Thou? is a comedy, largely because it’s played broadly and all is well in the end, despite many near misses.
The film is also based on the Greek epic The Odyssey, where a man makes his way homeward from a far-away place through many dangers. These classical allusions make the film deeper than mere slapstick. It also features a great score highlighting Southern music in every form: blues, bluegrass harmony, prison songs, and gospel. (Parts of the movie hinge on the early recording of musicians who for the first time could sing in front of a microphone.)
Both movie and score have been honored. The soundtrack was so popular the musicians went on tour shortly after the movie was released.
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