Lillian Hellman’s play about family intrigue in the postbellum south, slickly mounted by William Wyler. Working with cameraman Gregg Toland (who shot Citizen Kane), Wyler fashioned a deep-focus style that profoundly impressed French theorist Andre Bazin, who thought Wyler was the pioneer of a new school of realism. Bazin was wrong—about Wyler and about realism—but this 1941 film is still worth study as an illustration of Bazin’s influential ideas. Considered in itself, the picture has power and superb performances, if not heart or depth. With Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, Teresa Wright, Dan Duryea, and Patricia Collinge. 116 min.