Bonus Films for Bookworms: Tennessee Williams

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Bonus Films for Bookworms
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Tennessee Williams: The Wounded Genius

You know who got to the heart of dysfunctional families?  Tennessee Williams.

He "played his typewriter like a fine instrument," turning out poems as well as plays.  His works earned awarded him countless awards -- including the Pulitzer Prize -- and placed him at the top of the list of great 20th Century American playwrights. 

This fascinating 1999 A&E documentary explores his famously dysfunctional story from his childhood with a hard-drinking macho father and mentally ill puritanical mother, through the creation of his successful works like A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, to his 20-year slide and ultimate death.     

Running time: 44 minutes

You can't do much better than this beautiful boxed set of Tennessee Williams plays:

You think your family squabbles have been bad during the pandemic?  Check out this great version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof from 1984 starring Jessica Lange, Tommy Lee Jones, Rip Torn and Kim Stanley:

Watch the documentary at the top of the page!