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Tennessee Williams: Orpheus of the American Stage 

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... See full summary »

Director:

Merrill Brockway

Writer:

Brooks Haxton

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Episode credited cast:
Edward Albee ... Himself
Reed Birney ... Actor
Melvyn Bragg ... Himself
Marlon Brando ... Stanley Kowalski / Valentine 'Snakeskin' Xavier (archive footage)
David Frost ... Himself
Kim Hunter ... Herself
Burl Ives ... Big Daddy (archive footage)
Frank Langella ... Narrator
Anna Magnani ... Serafina Delle Rose / Lady Torrance (archive footage)
Edward R. Murrow ... Himself (archive footage)
Paul Newman ... Brick / Chance Wayne (archive footage)
Geraldine Page ... Alexandra Del Lago / Alma Winemiller (archive footage)
Maria St. Just Maria St. Just ... Herself
Maureen Stapleton ... Herself
Gore Vidal ... Himself
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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 _Streetcar Named Desire, A (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. Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tennessee Williams: L'orfeu dels escenaris americans See more »

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Runtime:

(TV)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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