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7 items from 2010


Chris Evans talks The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

5 October 2010 9:41 AM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Chris Evans may be a Captain America and the Human Torch to some but to others the actor does his best work in smaller, artistic gems like The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, Jodie Markell.s film adaptation of a Tennessee Williams melodrama. He stars as Jimmy, Blake Dallas Howard.s socially inferior lover in class-conscious Memphis of the 1920.s. While the film is more challenging than most due to its formal language, it is also deeply moving in ways only Williams can express. The man knows suffering. Monsters and Critics spoke with Evans. How did you like delivering the line and speaking the way Williams has his characters speak . so formal, precise, and incredibly poetic? It.s very »

- Anne Brodie

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond’ Revives Lost Play

13 September 2010 7:56 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Ever since Tommy Wiseau declared that his masterpiece of ineptitude, “The Room,” was “filmed with the passion of Tennessee Williams,” I’ve become considerably more weary of any film that makes such an inflated claim. Of course, “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” has a better defense, since it’s actually the adaptation of a long-forgotten work from the legendary playwright.

Watching the film is a curious experience, suggesting how a mediocre revival of a classic play would look on Broadway, with big-name stars straining to make archaic dialogue sound fresh and naturalistic. Actor-turned-director Jodie Markell respects her source material to such a degree that she seems blind to its inherent shortcomings. The play is hardly worth comparing to an essential masterwork like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” though it’s easy to imagine Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman in the lead roles, which are colorless amalgams of »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Michael Madsen Learns to Be, Zoe Kazan Explodes, and More New on DVD

7 September 2010 6:30 AM, PDT | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

"Being Michael Madsen" (2010)

Directed by Michael Mongillo

Released by Midnight Releasing

While not as distinguished or meta as "Being John Malkovich," expect this mockumentary about the "Reservoir Dogs" star to be equally surreal as Madsen recruits sister Virginia and "Kill Bill" co-stars Daryl Hannah and the late David Carradine to co-star in this film that sees him accused of murder. Rather than sit idly by, Madsen turns the table on the paparazzi photographer fueling the allegations by hiring a trio of filmmakers to follow his every move.

"Beneath Clouds" (2002)

Directed by Ivan Sen

Released by Cinema Epoch

This Australian drama stars Dannielle Hall and the late Damian Pitt as Lena and Vaughn, a pair of strangers thrown together by circumstance to travel across the country to Sydney where Lena hopes to learn more about her long-absent father and Vaughn hope to leave behind his criminal past and see his ailing mother. »

- Stephen Saito

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“Teardrop Diamond”‘s Jodie Markell: “Obsessed with Rediscovering Overlooked American Classics”

8 January 2010 6:38 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Jodie Markell’s adaptation of the Tennessee Williams play “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond” is currently playing in New York City at the Quad Cinemas and in several theaters in Southern California.  The film focuses on the loose cannon Memphis debutante Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) as she falls in love with a low-class man who she passes off as a class equal.  Markell, an actress (“Big Love”) who is making … »

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Movie Review: The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond

7 January 2010 9:10 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

Jan 08, 2010

Jodie Markell's The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond unearths a long-buried Tennessee Williams screenplay and, while most of the major players appear to do their best, the conventional, dull script is actually the weakest element of the production, proving that perhaps it was buried for a reason. Lead actress Bryce Dallas Howard takes on what she clearly viewed as her most challenging role to date but never comes to terms with the fact that this is an underdeveloped, uninteresting character in a story far too reminiscent of vastly superior Williams' works. ...Read more at MovieRetriever.com »

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The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond – Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn

3 January 2010 12:29 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2009) Direction: Jodie Markell Screenplay: Tennessee Williams Cast: Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn, Ann-Margret, Will Patton, Mamie Gummer, Jessica Collins   Bryce Dallas Howard in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond   A new production of a little-known, decades-old screenplay from a celebrated — indeed, legendary — writer invites cautious response. After all, if a work is dynamic and exceptional, how could it remain undeveloped for many years? The answer is pleasingly complicated when it comes to Tennessee WilliamsThe Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. Written directly for the screen in 1957, the work withered until selected by Jodie Markell for her directorial debut feature. The unmistakable Williams heroine is Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard), a pariah [...] »

- Doug Johnson

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Interview: Jodie Markell on 'The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond'

2 January 2010 6:03 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

After honing her skills in front of the camera, actress Jodie Markell ("Big Love") chose to make her directorial debut with a rather daunting project that began, long before she was born, as a rare and long-forgotten film script by A Streetcar Named Desire playwright Tennessee Williams. Years after Williams' death, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond - conceived to be directed by Elia Kazan decades ago - marks the return of Southern Gothic romance to the big screen, full of Tennessee Williams's signature melodramatic flavor. (Read Jenni Miller's review here.)

The films alights on Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard), a spoiled Southern belle who returns from abroad on the eve of the Great Depression and bristles against the social ranks of Memphis high society, even as she attempts to re-enter it. The script has the markings of a Tennessee Williams story -- a mad heroine, romantic longing galore, »

- Jen Yamato

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