Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Note to self about movies

Post about "Night of the Iguana" by Tennessee Williams and John Huston, post about "Boudou Saved from Drowning" by Jean Renoir.

Night of the Iguana. Can't get much better than this. From a play written by Tennessee Williams, directed and co-adapted by John Huston, and starring Richard Burton. About a disgraced (but not defrocked) Episcopalian Minister who winds up directing tours of church people through Mexico, getting to the end of his rope. Not a madcap comedy, not a purely deadly serious drama, but something combining both comedy and serious drama that winds up making a statement about the human condition as well.

Boudou Saved From Drowning. About a 'tramp' who jumps in a river to commit suicide who is saved by a bourgeois bookseller who takes him in. Boudou stays Boudou through it, a character almost out of Alfred Jarry. Anarchic and chaotic.

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