Tennessee Williams on the death of Anna Magnani

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“We sit here today, and I have to say that everything really fell apart in 1973. Green tables on the television over which the entire Watergate soap opera played its sad fable. William Inge takes that final drive in that car in the Hollywood hills. And Anna Magnani dies, far away from me, silent and weak.

Age has made it difficult for me to have much faith in things, but the death of Anna Magnani has made it almost impossible.

It still seems incomprehensible that the world–my world–can function without her in it.”

Tennessee Williams/1982

originally posted on: http://jamesgrissom.blogspot.co.uk

 

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Check out Magnani’s magic in:

600full-mamma-roma-posterPower-house performance from Magnani in Mamma Roma (1962) and a great place to start for anyone apprehensive of dipping their toes in Pasolini waters.

the-fugitive-kind-movie-poster-1960-1020249428The Fugitive Kind (1960).

Brando, Magnani and Woodward? Oh yes. All three stars sizzle in this cracking take on Tennessee Williams’s play, Orpheus Descending – with a screenplay by TW himself. Oh, and it’s also directed by Sidney Lumet…

posted by Dixie Turner

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