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Orpheus Descending (1990)

Not Rated | | Drama, Romance | TV Movie 24 September 1990
Val Xavier is a drifter in 1940's Mississippi who brings new life to an Italian immigrant woman trapped in a loveless marriage.

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Val Xavier
Brad Sullivan ...
Jabe Torrance
Manning Redwood ...
Talbot
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Lady Torrance
Sloane Shelton ...
Beulah
Patti Allison ...
Dolly Hamma
Pat McNamara ...
Peewee
Michael McCarty ...
Dog Hamma
Buddy Saba Taweel ...
Papa Romano
Jaquilin Sadler ...
Lady as Child
Doyle Richmond ...
Conjure Man
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Vee Talbot
Anne Twomey ...
Carol Cutrere
Marlene Cameron ...
Eva Temple
Peg Small ...
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Val Xavier is a drifter in 1940's Mississippi who brings new life to an Italian immigrant woman trapped in a loveless marriage. Written by John Sacksteder <jsackste@bellsouth.net>

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24 September 1990 (USA)  »

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Tennessee Williams' Orpheus Descending  »

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The original Broadway production of "Orpheus Descending" by Tennessee Williams opened at the Martin Beck Theater on March 21, 1957 and ran for 68 performances. See more »

Quotes

Val Xavier: Nobody ever gets to know *no body*. We're all of us sentenced to solitary confinements in our own lonely skins for life.
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Version of The Fugitive Kind (1960) See more »

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Redgrave channels the late Magnani
22 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Only someone who has never heard of Anna Magnani could watch Vanessa Redgrave's performance and not think of her. To be fair the part in Tennessee Williams' original play was written for Magnani; I just wish somehow she could have made it her own. When she spits out Lady Torrance's best lines, she might as well just look skyward and give the late Italian star a wink. As for the story itself, it is still provocative even viewed by todays eyes--perhaps even more, as thankfully fewer people are accustomed to seeing such deeply rooted racism. However, in this era in which we've come to expect plot twists and character development, there is surprisingly little change in any character from beginning to end. Each person in this story is exactly who he/she appears to be, which will be very frustrating viewing for those who like to see a moral or have someone at least learn something from what has transpired. And since a rather repulsive gossipy woman reveals a rather important detail at the very beginning, I kept hoping for other secrets of some sort to be unveiled. The affected young (by comparison), ghostly Charlotte (Anne Twomey) surely has a story or two to tell, but it never comes. This is not so much a flaw in the script, but rather a warning that it's not the kind of story I expected it to be. It is a clear style choice by Williams, I'm just not sure that less is more in this case. If anything, it made me long for a depiction of the ancient mythical Orpheus on which this play is based.


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