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The Fugitive Kind [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1960]

Release Date:04/27/2010

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    Special Features

    • New video interview with Lumet
    • Three plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet in 1958, with Ben Gazarra and Lee Grant, among others
    • New video program discussing the playwright's work in hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
    • Plus: a booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson


    The Fugitive Kind
    Fugitive Kind began life as Battle of Angels, a never-produced 1939 play by a young Tennessee Williams. Nearly 20 years later, Williams refined this rough-hewn theatrical effort into Orpheus Descending, which enjoyed a respectable Broadway run. The renamed film version stars Marlon Brando as Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter who wanders into a deliciously Williamsesque Mississippi town. Here he becomes involved in the problems of alcoholic Carole Cutrere (Joanne Woodward) and unhappily married Lady Torrence (Anna Magnani) and also runs afoul of Torrence's vicious husband (Victor Jory). Sexual symbolism abounds in this tempestuous drama, which offers Brando at his most inscrutable and Magnani at her earthiest. Maureen Stapleton, in real life one of Brando's best friends and severest critics, plays an avant-garde artist. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

    Cast & Crew

    • Marlon Brando
      Marlon Brando - Valentine "Snakeskin" Xavier
    • Anna Magnani
      Anna Magnani - Lady Torrance
    • Joanne Woodward
      Joanne Woodward - Carole Cutrere
    • Maureen Stapleton
      Maureen Stapleton - Vee Talbott
    • Victor Jory
      Victor Jory - Jabe Torrance

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