A Long-Gone But Memorably Unique Writer

(Warner Bros.–available as a stand-alone or as part of the excellent WB Tennessee Williams boxset)

Tennessee Williams–the major American playwright whose fame came in the 1950s and ’60s with poetic, conflictful works such as The Glass Menagerie and A Streetcar Named Desire. Was watching this excellent documentary by Canadian filmmaker Harry Rasky yesterday which is set mostly in New Orleans and Key West, consisting of candid, intimate interviews with Williams.

It was good to hear him talk and laugh again about his childhood, his family, and his plays. Also included are several scenes from plays featuring Burl Ives, William Hutt, Jessica Tandy, and Michael York–prominent actors of the day (1973). Tennessee also reads some of his poems. Overall, it is a glimpse into another era as well as what made Williams tick/his sensibility. Recommended.

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