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?
Sweet Bird Of Youth - 1962
|by Anonymous||reply 29||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 1||04/03/2021|
Williams came up with some great titles for his plays.
|by Anonymous||reply 2||04/03/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 3||04/03/2021|
Fun fact: Diana Hyland played Heavenly on Broadway.
|by Anonymous||reply 4||04/03/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 5||04/06/2021|
Did Tennessee have a single likeable (and I don’t mean pitiable) character in any of his stuff?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||04/06/2021|
Some of the characters in his comedies (27 Wagons Full of Cotton/Baby Doll; Period of Adjustment; The Palooka) are likable enough.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||04/06/2021|
Frankly, I prefer the 1978 Broadway musical adaptation SONGBIRD!
|by Anonymous||reply 8||04/06/2021|
I thought it was hashish, not marijuana, she had with her and they smoked.
|by Anonymous||reply 9||04/07/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 10||04/07/2021|
I see me...and I like what I see!
|by Anonymous||reply 11||04/07/2021|
She's really just an aging gay with some rough trade, right?
|by Anonymous||reply 12||04/07/2021|
|by Anonymous||reply 13||04/07/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 14||04/07/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 15||04/07/2021|
That ending.... ugh
|by Anonymous||reply 16||04/07/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 17||04/07/2021|
Let it out, Joni!!
|by Anonymous||reply 18||04/07/2021|
^(The icy click of those fingernails on that guitar...)
|by Anonymous||reply 19||04/07/2021|
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 Anonymous||reply 20||04/07/2021|
Clift would've made a good Alex Del Lago.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||04/07/2021|
Ah was born to play Miss Del Lago!
|by Anonymous||reply 22||04/07/2021|
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.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 24||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 25||Last Sunday at 12:44 AM|
His damaged, dramatic women characters definitely were versions of gay men.
|by Anonymous||reply 26||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 27||Last 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 Anonymous||reply 28||Last 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!
|by Anonymous||reply 29||Last Monday at 11:35 PM|