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2009

Drama, Romance
Tennessee Williams wrote this upper-crust drama as a screenplay for Elia Kazan back in 1957, but Kazan passed and the property collected dust for half a century until actress Jodie Markell exhumed it for her feature directing debut (2008). One can understand why Kazan didn't bite—the characters and themes are redolent of earlier and better Williams works, and the story unexpectedly putters out at the end—but seeing it now, you can't help but treasure the simple, lyrical dialogue and sure-handed narrative thrust. Bryce Dallas Howard acquits herself admirably as a wild Memphis debutante trying to live down her father's civic misdeeds, Chris Evans holds up a tuxedo as her reluctant party date, and there are some tasty scenes with Ann-Margret as the heroine's disapproving aunt and Ellen Burstyn as a stroke-ridden old woman hidden away from the party guests. With Will Patton and Peter Gerety. PG-13, 143 min.
Director: Jodie Markell
Writer: Tennessee Williams
Producer: Brad Michael Gilbert
Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn, Mamie Gummer, Ann-Margret and Jessica Collins

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