Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage

Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage (1994)

A study of Tennessee Williams's life and work as a whole, ranging from his youth in Mississippi and in St. Louis to success and acclaim, followed by the final difficult years. Includes some of the most celebrated scenes from film adaptations of Williams' work, among them extracts of A Streetcar Named Desire (1951),Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Night of the Iguana, The (1964), and Suddenly, Last Summer (1993) (TV). Contains footage of Williams being interviewed, including conversations with David Frost, 'Edward R. Murrow (I)', and Melvyn Bragg, as well as reminiscences from people who knew and worked with him, among them Edward Albee, Gore Vidal, and his lifelong friend, Lady Maria St. Just. Features readings from Elia Kazan's Notebook by Kim Hunter.

Writing:
  • Brooks Haxton
Directing:
  • Merrill Brockway
  • Views: 3
  • Release Date: 1994-12-19
  • Language: en
  • Country: US
  • Runtime: 86

Gore Vidal

Himself

Kim Hunter

Herself

David Frost

Himself

Paul Newman

Brick / Chance Wayne (archive footage)

Montgomery Clift

Dr. Cukrowicz (archive footage)

Edward R. Murrow

Himself (archive footage)

Burl Ives

Big Daddy (archive footage)

Sam Waterston

Tom Wingfield (archive footage)

Dick Cavett

Himself (archive footage)

Katharine Hepburn

Mrs. Venable (archive footage)

Frank Langella

Narrator

Anna Magnani

Serafina Delle Rose / Lady Torrance (archive footage)

Geraldine Page

Alexandra Del Lago / Alma Winemiller (archive footage)

Tennessee Williams

Himself (archive footage)

Carroll Baker

Baby Doll Meighan (archive footage)

Melvyn Bragg

Himself

Marlon Brando

Stanley Kowalski / Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier (archive footage)

Elia Kazan

Himself (archive footage)

Yukio Mishima

Himself (archive footage)
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