Four Oscar-winning actorsâMarlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapletonâsink their teeth into this enthralling film, which brings together the legendary talents of director Sidney Lumet and writer Tennessee Williams. A smoldering, snakeskin-jacketed Brando is Val Xavier, a drifter trying to go straight. He finds work and solace in a southern small-town variety store run by the married, sexually frustrated Lady Torrance (Magnani), who proves as much a temptation for Val as local wild child Carol Cutrere (Woodward). Lumet captures the intense, fearless performances and Williamsâs hot-blooded storytelling and social critique with his customary restraint, resulting in a drama of uncommon sophistication and craft.
Video interview with Sidney Lumet
Three Plays by Tennessee Williams, an hour-long television presentation of one-act plays, directed by Lumet in 1958, with Ben Gazzara and Lee Grant, among others
Video program discussing the playwrightâs work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson