Rocky’s Review
Truman & Tennessee

The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in TRUMAN AND TENNESSEE: AN INTIMATE CONVERSATION, an innovative, dual-portrait documentary by director Lisa Immordino Vreeland (PEGGY GUGGENHEIM: ART ADDICT, DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL.)

     Vreeland masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with Dick Cavett and David Frost, with clips from some of the duo's most memorable adaptations: A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRECAT ON A HOT TIN ROOFTHE GLASS MENAGERIEBREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S and IN COLD BLOOD. The film is dripping with wit and wisdom. It is a celebration of both men's fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identify as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants, and - most significantly - each other. "A truly captivating and contrasting examination of two of the most significant writers of the last century." -Edge Media. The movie streams through the Rose Film Library beginning this Friday, 6/18.

     In Memorium: Ned Beatty, July 6, 1937 - June 13, 2021. Two movies that I never tire of watching are ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN (1976) and NETWORK (1976). And one of the great pleasures of both movies - especially NETWORK - is the electrifying work by Mr. Beatty. In more than 150 movies and television projects beginning in 1972, he was almost always cast in supporting roles, but he was closely associated with some of Hollywood's most enduring films. And in 2003 he played Big Daddy, the plantation-owner patriarch of a troubled Southern family in the Broadway revival Tennessee Williams's CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF.

Cinematically Yours,
Rocky