[lit-ideas] Re: Movie Night

but he never got to make a film with the sexual openness of the
> play.

ck: A few years later, though, in the film version of "Suddenly, Last 
Summer," Williams reprised that homosexual triangle scenario. Times change, 
but Williams remained rather consistent in his favorite themes--young man 
(angel of death) as the ambivalent savior of an older, wealthy woman. 
Sometimes the young man is covertly homosexual within the play, but most 
often his omni-sexuality's preference for similarly beautiful young men is 
implied. As for Blanche, her character is so truthful that she transcends 
all narrow bounds of gender.
Carol






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>I wrote:
>
>> I tried for a few minutes to think of Streetcar as a 'gay story,' but
>> gave up. Blanche had been married to a younger man, who committed 
>> suicide; It's clear that he was gay, and I think we're supposed to infer 
>> that that was why he killed himself. I'd have to look it up. I think 
>> we're also meant to infer that Blanche was, or feels she was, responsible 
>> for his death. I'd have to look that up too.
>
> Then I did some research in the Mutton archives (www.google.com), and 
> learned that in the original play (as opposed to the movie), Blanche says 
> that she came home and found her husband in bed with another man:
>
> 'Afterwards we pretended that nothing had been discovered. Yes, the three 
> of us drove out to Moon Lake Casino, very drunk and laughing all the way. 
> We danced the Varsouviana! Suddenly in the middle of the dance the boy I 
> had married broke away from me and ran out of the casino. A few moments 
> later ? a shot?'
>
> The Elia Kazan movie was released in 1951, and Kazan couldn't get an 
> explicit reference to homosexuality past the censors. A version has been 
> released (1993) in which some of the cuts he was forced to make are 
> restored > Robert Paul
> Reed College
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