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Tuesday, June 8, 2010

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

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Tennessee Williams is best known for the plays that were turned into films — A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Suddenly, Last Summer. He wrote The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond for the screen, but it wasn't produced until last year. He completed it in 1957, during the period when he wrote Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1955), Orpheus Descending (1957), Suddenly, Last Summer (1958) and Sweet Bird of Youth (1959). The film is set in Memphis during the roaring 1920s. Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) is an independent and rebellious young heiress who pays the son of a family servant to accompany her to social functions, and subsequently falls for him. The New Orleans Film Society, Prytania Theatre and Screen Magazine presents two screenings (3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, June 12-13). Director Jodie Markell will attend both showings. Tickets $10, $8 NOFS members.

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