worth watching for the outstanding acting of Magnani
I recommend this film solely to witness Magnani's performance, which
was an utterly beautiful piece of acting, indeed. Although I did not
feel pulled into the plot very much, I did sympathize with Magnani's
character because she played her part with such heart. I must admit
that I was disappointed by Lancaster's overacting, and the minor actors
also were not at all impressive. Also, I do not feel inspired to read
the play itself because I don't think that reading it could compare to
watching Magnani's riveting performance through which Magnani's soul
itself seems to bleed.
Although I cannot think of another film with such an engaging actress,
the beginning tone and ambiance of this film reminded me of other
Tennessee Williams works. The atmosphere is open, naked, and almost
frightening; Williams's plays always introduce characters that are very
human--weak, lonely, unsettled--and deeply passionate. He doesn't take
care to hide the frightening and desperate side of people even though
we may not want to see that. He makes no exception in this piece, and
this sense of humanity is most effectively portrayed through Magnani..
long serious drama
I just rented this film not ever seeing it 9/21/02, and was curious
I was not too much on Tennessee Williams. It is a good play, and the
was superb, storyline strong, and emotions were flying. I found myself
wondering why people could really be that way; getting crazy and sick
death or lack of self esteem..