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Sweet Bird Of Youth - 1962

I like the film "Sweet Bird Of Youth" based on Tennessee William's Broadway play. Filmed from July to October 1961 and released in March 1962. Steve Hayes at the "Tired Old Queen At The Movies" YouTube channel has a funny review. It was sleazy at the time but is tame by comparison with what Hollywood is putting out today. Geraldine Page is great as the fading film star Alexandra Del Lago. Geraldine was a plain woman but with the right hair style and makeup she could look very attractive which she did in this film. Paul Newman as the gigolo Chance Wayne was still gorgeous at age 36 and shows his beautiful sculpted body throughout the film. I like the line in the film where the are lying on the bed and she unbuttons his shirt to reveal his hot body. Geraldine says "I like bodies to be silky smooth hard gold" I also like her car in the movie, a 1961 Cadillac Series 62 convertible in the Laredo Tan color. I'm curious about one scene in the clip I have included. At 2:50 she has a package she opens and starts eating what looks like leaves. It that marijuana?

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by Anonymousreply 29Last Monday at 11:35 PM

I also like this film, but casting Page was a mistake. She and Newman were the same age, and Alexandra is supposed to be a good 15-25 years older than Chance. Someone like Davis, Crawford, Leigh or de Havilland should have played the aging film star.

by Anonymousreply 104/03/2021

Williams came up with some great titles for his plays.

by Anonymousreply 204/03/2021

Damn, Miss Newman was fabulous. Too pretty for words. Sex on toast points. Would loved to have boned that gorgeous hunk of man meat.

by Anonymousreply 304/03/2021

Fun fact: Diana Hyland played Heavenly on Broadway.

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by Anonymousreply 404/03/2021

Yes indeed , in the posted video clip the "stuff" that Geraldine demanded and Paul pulled out from under the mattress is marijuana. She munches on some of the leaves and then Paul rolls them some joints to smoke.

by Anonymousreply 504/06/2021

Did Tennessee have a single likeable (and I don’t mean pitiable) character in any of his stuff?

by Anonymousreply 604/06/2021

Some of the characters in his comedies (27 Wagons Full of Cotton/Baby Doll; Period of Adjustment; The Palooka) are likable enough.

by Anonymousreply 704/06/2021

Frankly, I prefer the 1978 Broadway musical adaptation SONGBIRD!

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by Anonymousreply 804/06/2021

I thought it was hashish, not marijuana, she had with her and they smoked.

by Anonymousreply 904/07/2021

R1 Paul and Geraldine both originated the roles on Broadway and Geraldine was hand picked by Tennessee so I don't think she's 'miscast', perhaps not to your taste but not miscast.

by Anonymousreply 1004/07/2021

I see me...and I like what I see!

by Anonymousreply 1104/07/2021

She's really just an aging gay with some rough trade, right?

by Anonymousreply 1204/07/2021

R12 who?

by Anonymousreply 1304/07/2021

R10, I knew of Page being Williams' choice for the role on stage. On film it doesn't work as well to create the age difference between the characters through a combination of makeup, artifice, and artistry. At least for me it doesn't. Obviously actors still carry it off, as Page does magnificently. I'd still rather have seen Davis as Alexandra in the film version, just as I'd like to have seen Davis or Uta Hagen as Martha in the film version of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.

by Anonymousreply 1404/07/2021

I saw it on stage at The Palace Theatre in Manchester, UK in 1985 (prior to it's run at Theatre Royal, Haymarket,). Lauren Bacall was amazing as Princess Kosmonopolis/Alexandra Del Lago.

I think the production ran as a bit of a World tour afterwards.

by Anonymousreply 1504/07/2021

That ending.... ugh

by Anonymousreply 1604/07/2021

Geraldine Page might have agreed with you on the age aspect, R1. She said that, onstage, she was free to make Alexandra as old as she wanted, but for the film she had to look as conventionally attractive as possible. The makeup artist would spend hours just doing her eyes, prompting her to say, "I've never looked this good before and I never will again."

by Anonymousreply 1704/07/2021

Let it out, Joni!!

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by Anonymousreply 1804/07/2021

^(The icy click of those fingernails on that guitar...)

by Anonymousreply 1904/07/2021

This, like The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone, is Williams creating an older female character based on an older gay man in real life.

by Anonymousreply 2004/07/2021

Clift would've made a good Alex Del Lago.

by Anonymousreply 2104/07/2021

Ah was born to play Miss Del Lago!

by Anonymousreply 2204/07/2021

I like the opening scene of the movie. The three stars of the film, Paul, Geraldine, and her 1961 Cadillac Series 62 convertible on the road.

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by Anonymousreply 23Last Sunday at 12:32 AM

[R20] Very perceptive. I believe many of Williams older neurotic female characters were based on his experiences as a gay man with gay men. Since an older gay man character would not be commercially viable, he switched it to a woman in his stories.

by Anonymousreply 24Last Sunday at 12:41 AM

I heard they were casting a horse and carriage for the revival... oh, no that was the rumor about Sarah and Timothee. My mistake.

by Anonymousreply 25Last Sunday at 12:44 AM

His damaged, dramatic women characters definitely were versions of gay men.

by Anonymousreply 26Last Sunday at 12:46 AM

[R9] Thank you for pointing that out. DL members are some of the smartest and well read on the Internet. I had to review the difference and found this: "At its simplest, weed is the dried, unprocessed flowers of the female cannabis plant, while hash (or hashish) is the resin of the female cannabis plant that’s been separated from the plant itself via mechanical or chemical means." I've never smoked hashish so I suppose it would be small chunks of resin that you put in the joint wrapper?

by Anonymousreply 27Last Monday at 11:15 PM

Kim Cattrall was amazing in the last London revival with Seth Numrich and Brid Brennan, but some reviews focused more on her terrible wig. The script was a hybrid of a few different versions by Williams.

by Anonymousreply 28Last Monday at 11:26 PM

Love that Cadillac convertible. Here are some great pictures of one just like it. Maybe it's the same car. I think they got the exterior and interior color descriptions switched. It should be a Laredo Tan exterior and a Cream White interior. What a cruiser!

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by Anonymousreply 29Last Monday at 11:35 PM
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