This essay defends Martin Ritt's film version of The Sound and the Fury (1959), starring Yul Brynner as a Cajun Jason Compson, traditionally positioned as one of the most ill-conceived film adaptations ever made, by highlighting how an academic modernist reading of the works of William Faulkner overwrites the intriguing possibilities of melodrama.
Metz, Walter C. "Signifying Nothing?: Martin Ritt's The Sound and the Fury (1959) as Deconstructive Adaptation." Literature/Film Quarterly 27, No. 1 (Winter 1999): 21-31.