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Sweet Tornado: Margo Jones and the American Theater (2006)

This documentary about the innovative, Texas-born theatrical producer & director Margo Jones includes dramatizations of significant moments of her life expressed using her own words, the ... See full summary »
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This documentary about the innovative, Texas-born theatrical producer & director Margo Jones includes dramatizations of significant moments of her life expressed using her own words, the words of her long-time friend Tennessee Williams, and interview footage of Ray Walston, the actor whom she discovered in Houston after founding one of the earliest professional theatre companies outside New York City. Written by Kyle Myers

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"Sweet Tornado" brings Margo Jones to life.
25 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Sweet Tornado" is an invaluable documentary not just because of its creative virtues -- namely, combining archival footage with scenes re-created from actual letters and transcriptions. The film also virtually resurrected the persona of Margo Jones, the highly-charged producer/director who might otherwise have slipped into obscurity (did anyone know, for instance, that she was the first to stage "Inherit the Wind" in Dallas, of all places, where instead of railroading her out of town sanctimoniously, she was wildly embraced). Obviously, her contributions to the emergency of Tennessee Williams are more well-known and certainly salutary. So Kay Cattarulla and her crew have pulled off a very impressive and important work.


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