Tennessee Williams Film Collection
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Tennessee Williams Film Collection

Director: Elia Kazan, Harry Rasky, John Huston, Jose Quintero

Cast: Elia Kazan, Harry Rasky, John Huston, Jose Quintero

     
 

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
One of America's greatest playwrights, Tennessee Williams transformed his personal sorrows into artistic triumphs, writing many of the 20th century's most memorable stage dramas. Williams's homosexuality, his difficult childhood, and his wrenching relationship with his mentally ill sister informed his work throughout his career. Little wonder that he displayed an affinity for bringing emotionally fragile characters and expressive women to life. Hollywood was quickly drawn to Williams's high drama, but some film adaptations, including Suddenly Last Summer, watered down the dicier aspects of his morally skewed fables. This deluxe box set collects six of the films based more faithfully on Williams's works. Baby Doll (1956) stars Carroll Baker as a manipulative child bride caught in a bizarre power struggle between Karl Malden and Eli Wallach. Another southern domestic epic, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof(1958), the riveting tale of a family's greed and mendacity, features powerful performances from Burl Ives, Paul Newman, and Elizabeth Taylor. Director John Huston draws impressive work from Richard Burton as a defrocked clergyman befriended by sultry Ava Gardner in Night of the Iguana(1964). Two films here deal with a favorite Williams theme: the push-pull relationship between a self-deceiving older woman and a callow younger man. The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961) features Vivien Leigh as a faded actress entangled with narcissistic lothario Warren Beatty, while Sweet Bird of Youth (1962) stars Paul Newman as a dirt-poor drifter who attaches himself to former film star Geraldine Page. And then there's A Streetcar Named Desire: Flawlessly directed by Elia Kazan, this landmark 1951 film stars a young Marlon Brando as the feral Stanley Kowalski and Vivien Leigh as the delicate, neurotic Blanche Dubois. Still as powerful in its depiction of seething sexuality as it was upon its initial release, Streetcar remains the definitive Williams adaptation to date, as well as one of the monumental Hollywood classics of the era. For superb entertainment and mature storytelling, it's hard to beat this sensational collection -- even the less successful films are more powerful than most of what passes for serious drama today.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/02/2006
UPC:
0012569750647
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
11:25:00
Sales rank:
86,273

Special Features

Closed Caption; Making-of documentaries; Expert commentaries; Extensive stage-to-screen Streetcar chronicles with film/audio outtakes, spotlights on Marlon Brando, vintage radio show and the feature-length Elia Kazan: A Director's Journey; Rare screen tests amd more

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tennessee Williams Primary Artist
Eli Wallach Narrator,Silva Vaccaro
Karl Malden Archie Lee Meighan,Harold "Mitch" Mitchell
Paul Newman Brick Pollitt,Chance Wayne
Richard Burton Rev. T. Lawrence Shannon
Vivien Leigh Blanche Dubois,Karen Stone
Ava Gardner Maxine Faulk
Carroll Baker Baby Doll Meighan
Elia Kazan Participant
Elizabeth Taylor Maggie Pollitt
Geraldine Page Alexandra Del Lago, Princess Cosmonopolous
Marlon Brando Stanley Kowalski
Warren Beatty Paolo di Leo
Burl Ives Big Daddy Pollitt
Coral Browne Meg
Deborah Kerr Hanna Jelkes
Kim Hunter Stella Kowalski
Shirley Knight Heavenly Finley
Ed Begley "Boss" Finley
Jack Carson Gooper Pollitt
Jill St. John Barbara Bingham
Mildred Dunnock Aunt Rose Comfort
Sue Lyon Charlotte Goodall
James Ward Hank Prosner
Judith Anderson Big Mama Pollitt
Lonny Chapman Rock
Lotte Lenya Contessa Magda Terribili-Gonzales
Rip Torn Thomas J. Finley, Jr.
Rudy Bond Steve Hubbell
Madeleine Sherwood Mae Pollitt

Technical Credits
Elia Kazan Director
Harry Rasky Director
John Huston Director
Jose Quintero Director
Richard Brooks Director
Richard Schickel Director

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Streetcar Named Desire: Movie
1. Credits [1:14]
2. New Arrival at Elysian Fields [4:00]
3. Belle Reve's Fate [6:10]
4. "You Must Be Stanley" [3:30]
5. Napoleonic and Dress Codes [6:15]
6. Cards on the Table [8:19]
7. Poker: No Women Allowed [4:43]
8. Mitch and the Ladies [4:01]
9. Tearing Up the Place [1:56]
10. "Hey, Stella!" [3:25]
11. "I Need Kindness Now" [1:28]
12. "Don't Hang Back With the Brutes!" [6:02]
13. Odor of Cheap Perfume [3:00]
14. To Breathe Quietly Again [4:49]
15. Arabian Nights Prince [3:55]
16. Memory of First Love [12:42]
17. Tales of Dame Blanche [5:32]
18. King Around Here [4:11]
19. Down off the Columns [4:10]
20. "I Want Magic!" [7:06]
21. "Flores Para los Muertos" [4:35]
22. One Unforgivable Thing [6:13]
23. Caught in a Trap [3:33]
24. "Interfere With You?" [1:41]
25. Going on a Trip [4:05]
26. Callers for Blanche [4:40]
27. Kindness of Strangers [2:56]
28. Cast List [:22]
Disc #2 -- A Streetcar Named Desire: Special Features
1. Introduction [2:36]
2. The Group Theatre [4:13]
3. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn [4:17]
4. Gentleman's Agreement [2:49]
5. A Streetcar Named Desire [6:06]
6. Boomerang [3:15]
7. Panic in the Streets [2:17]
8. Viva Zapata! [4:48]
9. On the Waterfront [6:00]
10. East of Eden [3:32]
11. Baby Doll [4:42]
12. A Face in the Crowd [9:09]
13. Wild River [6:22]
14. Splendor in the Grass [4:11]
15. America America [9:13]
16. Still Struggling; End Credits [1:46]
Disc #3 -- Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
1. Credits [1:51]
2. Bad Behavior [3:07]
3. Report on the No-Necks [4:31]
4. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof [4:25]
5. Big Daddy's Return [4:52]
6. Same Cage [4:20]
7. Where the Rocks Are [3:34]
8. What Kind of Truth? [4:10]
9. Maggie the Cat Is Alive [7:29]
10. The Party Comes to Brick [4:28]
11. Breaking Mama's Heart [2:25]
12. Talking Tough With Brick [5:22]
13. Disgust and Mendacity [4:26]
14. About Skipper [2:42]
15. Play by Play [6:02]
16. "I Let Him Down" [3:55]
17. Exchange of Truths [4:05]
18. Family Discussion [4:33]
19. "I Want Brick" [3:10]
20. Presence of Malice [5:03]
21. Cellar Full of Things [6:46]
22. Look at Me [4:04]
23. Big Daddy's Daddy [2:53]
24. The Storm Inside [4:50]
25. Maggie's Present [3:22]
26. Through With Lies [1:20]
Disc #4 -- Sweet Bird of Youth
1. Boozing Cruising Credits [3:40]
2. Checking In [4:56]
3. Get Out of Town [5:18]
4. Unavailable [3:16]
5. Boss Finley [5:14]
6. Fanfare and Theme Song [3:47]
7. A Man Going Places [3:32]
8. The Gullible [3:29]
9. Heavenly's Choice [4:29]
10. Nice Monster [5:39]
11. The Camera Doesn't Lie [5:17]
12. For the Record [4:18]
13. Shameless Lovers [4:37]
14. Easter Surprise [5:34]
15. Bound for Successville [5:26]
16. War Wipeout [2:36]
17. A Lurch in Church [5:03]
18. Brass Ring [6:48]
19. Tom Jr.'s Warning [5:58]
20. Experts at Pretending [2:40]
21. Unfinished Business [4:13]
22. Forget About Me [3:04]
23. The Rally [2:08]
24. Walter Winchell's Call [4:52]
25. Faces in the Mirror [4:40]
26. Public and Private Hell [3:06]
27. Goodbye, Meal Ticket [3:41]
28. Leaving Time [2:15]
Disc #5 -- The Night of the Iguana
1. Man of God [4:25]
2. Credits [1:24]
3. Tour Bus Singalong [3:30]
4. Miss Fellowes' Warning [3:20]
5. Beach Beast [4:17]
6. Night Visitor [6:21]
7. Change in Accommodations [4:08]
8. Refuge With Maxine [4:42]
9. Montezuma's and Other Revenge [4:40]
10. Hannah and Nonno [10:27]
11. Fish and Fred Stories [7:27]
12. Walking on Glass [2:40]
13. Couple of Scarecrows [5:51]
14. Drawing Shannon Out [4:01]
15. Mutual Vibrations [4:32]
16. Defending Charlotte's Honor [2:38]
17. Mutiny [5:37]
18. Maxine Exacts Payment [3:58]
19. Tied-Up Situation [6:04]
20. Never Alone [5:02]
21. Love Experiences [4:55]
22. Playing God Tonight [4:13]
23. Nonno's Final Poem [4:59]
24. Parting Propositions [5:50]
25. Needed Around Here [2:25]
Disc #6 -- Baby Doll
1. Credits [2:23]
2. Agreement Coming Due [4:27]
3. All Fired Up and All Wet [3:56]
4. Driving Into Town [3:55]
5. Prescription for Humiliation [4:30]
6. Furniture Clearance [4:05]
7. Up in Flames [3:42]
8. Biblical Justice [3:58]
9. 27 Wagons Full of Cotton [3:17]
10. Energy to Burn [3:20]
11. Playing Chauffeur [5:20]
12. Principle of Tit for Tat [5:20]
13. Getting Familiar [5:09]
14. Evil Spirits [3:27]
15. Gin Out of Joint [2:47]
16. Offer of Lemonade [5:34]
17. Haunting the House [3:56]
18. Playtime [2:48]
19. Attic Blackmail [3:33]
20. Nap Time [3:26]
21. Useless and Destructive [5:07]
22. Good Neighbor Policy [4:06]
23. Suddenly Grown Up [4:22]
24. Aunt Rose's Future [5:14]
25. Sorry Situation [6:28]
26. Trigger Sappy [3:27]
27. One White Man to Another [4:17]
28. Celebration Over [2:39]
Disc #7 -- The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone
1. Opening Night [4:24]
2. Tragedy in the Sky [2:07]
3. Credits [2:11]
4. Settled in Rome [2:27]
5. The Contesa and Paolo [6:01]
6. The Contessa and Franco [2:56]
7. Strategy [5:28]
8. Bridle Path Encounter [2:59]
9. Drifters at Dinner [4:30]
10. The Escapist [6:12]
11. Pursuit of a Great Lady [4:08]
12. Sad Eyes [3:19]
13. Wolves and Cheats [2:50]
14. Very Beautiful People [5:14]
15. Desired for Myself [5:48]
16. Ridiculously Loveless [5:19]
17. Merchandise on View [3:55]
18. Negotiations [4:14]
19. Fame and Presents [3:59]
20. Conspicuous [4:53]
21. Suffering From a Disease [4:06]
22. Spectacle of Herself [2:23]
23. Where's Paolo? [4:50]
24. Left Alone [4:18]
25. Invitation [5:03]
Disc #8 -- Tennessee Williams' South
1. Credits [1:43]
2. Memory Play [5:00]
3. Mister Charlie [8:05]
4. Creative Force [5:00]
5. Iguana Duet [10:12]
6. Back of the Surface [2:16]
7. Seeking Astonishment [5:10]
8. Life Story [2:40]
9. Mothlike Blanche [11:14]
10. Childhood [4:52]
11. The Glass Menagerie [18:54]
12. Magic Within [3:59]
13. End Credits [:57]

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