TENNESSEE WILLIAMS: ORPHEUS OF THE AMERICAN STAGE

This film about Tennessee Williams's life and work begins with his youth in Mississippi and in St. Louis through his success and acclaim as a playwright, followed by his traumatic final years. Including scenes from film adaptations of his work — A Streetcar Named Desire , Cat on a Hot Tin Roof , Night of the Iguana , and Suddenly, Last Summer — the documentary contains footage of Williams being interviewed by David Frost, Edward R. Murrow, and Melvyn Bragg, as well as reminiscences from people who knew and worked with him, among them Edward Albee, Gore Vidal, and his lifelong friend, Lady Maria St. Just. The film also features readings from director Elia Kazan's notebook by Kim Hunter.