Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors

Tennessee Williams and Company
His Essential Screen Actors
by John DiLeo

DiLeo focuses on the eleven actors who reappear in the films based on the works of Tennessee Williams, bonded by their sustained artistic and professional association with Williams.

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Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors takes a critical look at these eleven actors and their roles, bonded by their sustained artistic and professional association with Tennessee Williams, specifically the success, and sometimes failure, of their interpretations of his characters for the screen. The results include some of the more remarkable performances in movie history, from Marlon Brando and Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire to Anna Magnani in The Rose Tattoo and Geraldine Page in Sweet Bird of Youth.

John DiLeo takes you through the entire careers of these eleven indelible stars, while giving his main attention to their Tennessee Williams performances. From the underrated (Joanne Woodward in The Fugitive Kind, Madeleine Sherwood in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) to the overrated (Elizabeth Taylor in Suddenly, Last Summer, Paul Newman in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors takes an entertaining and intensely detailed ride alongside some of the most inexhaustibly fascinating actors and actresses of our screen heritage, each of them challenged by the unforgettable characters of the one and only Tennessee Williams.

paperback, 214 pages, $26.95
ISBN 978-1-60182-423-3

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John DiLeo briefly talks about each of the movies covered in Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery, starting with The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964):

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