Sweet Bird Of Youth


(out of 5)

Tennessee Williams makes his way to the big screen once again. This film mainly centres around the sadomasochistic relationship between a pretty-boy wannabe actor (Paul Newman) and an established, aging stage and screen star (Geraldine Page). Newman failed the first time he tried to make it in Hollywood, and now that he has returned to his home town he wants her to help him make his way to the top. Knowing that he’s willing to do anything to get there, Page decides to enjoy herself while she can. Along the way we also meet Newman’s former girlfriend (Shirley Knight), whose tough politician father (Ed Begley) made him leave their small town many years before. It’s as good as all the Williams films are, and as usual is an exercise in the great writer dealing with his own issues with his sexuality.

Roxbury Productions Inc.

USA, 1962

Directed by

Screenplay by Richard Brooks, based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award
Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Ed Begley as “Tom ‘Boss’ Finley”)

Best Actress (Geraldine Page as “Alexandra Del Lago”)
Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Shirley Knight as “Heavenly Finley”)

Golden Globe Award
Best Performance By An Actress in a Motion Picture-Drama (Geraldine Page)

Best Performance By An Actor in a Motion Picture-Drama (Paul Newman)
Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Ed Begley)
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture (Shirley Knight)

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