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Tennessee Williams' South (1973)

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Credited cast:
John Colicos ... Rev. Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon
Colleen Dewhurst ... Hannah Jelkes
William Hutt William Hutt ... Monk
Burl Ives ... Charlie Colton
James Naughton ... Tom Wingfield
Maureen Stapleton ... Amanda Wingfield
Jessica Tandy ... Blanche DuBois
Tennessee Williams ... Himself
Carol Williard Carol Williard ... Laura Wingfield
Michael York ... Jim O'Connor
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In His Own Words. In His Own Places.

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Documentary

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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1973 (USA) See more »

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Key Largo, Florida, USA See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Jessica Tandy's performance of Blanche's Scene six monologue, filmed especially for this documentary, is the only footage ever recorded of Tandy performing the role she originated. See more »

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Don't Expect Much
13 March 2007 | by tpatbourSee all my reviews

Included in Warner Home Video's Tennessee Williams boxed set, this 1973 quasi-documentary consists mainly of interviews of Williams himself and actors acting out in some cases actual scenes from his plays/movies ("The Glass Menagerie" and "The Night of the Iguana") or scenes that never actually occurred, but that Williams imagined to be extenuations of his characters thoughts/emotions (Jessica Tandy, who played Blanche in "A Streetcar Named Desire" on Broadway but was snubbed in favor of Vivien Leigh for the filmed version, recites a scene) and (Burl Ives acting out a younger version of his 'Big Daddy' character from "Cat On a Hot Tin Roof").

Overall it is a disappointment. The interviews with Williams, while informative aren't all that interesting. The acted out scenes are very dull (compare the two reciting from "Iguana" to Richard Burton and Deborah Kerr-- the difference is day and night). Although with an extremely low budget, one should probably not expect too much. Not a total waste of time, but nothing too insightful either, and something you'll quickly forget.


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