The Glass Menagerie


(out of 5)

After years of playing the leads in a number of Tennessee Williams adaptations for the screen, who better to direct a film version of one of the southern scribe’s less turgid pieces than Paul Newman? He directs real-life wife as the domineering mother who lords over her shy, physically crippled daughter () in the hopes of protecting her. Her son () is growing tired of his overbearing mother and is desperate to get out and experience something of the world. The drama follows these three as their relationships take new turns when Woodward invites a ‘gentleman caller’ for Allen. Excellent acting makes for a worthy experience, with Newman’s sensitive direction turning the claustrophobic setting into a positive element instead of a stagebound negative. Woodward is especially memorable, and thanks to this film her brilliant stage performance in the role is immortalized for generations to come.

Cineplex-Odeon Films

USA, 1987

Directed by

Based on the play by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by Tony Walton

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1987

Golden Globe Awards 1987

Independent Spirit Awards 1987.  

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