I work at a wonderfuly restored hotel in uptown Dallas as my day job. The hotel is 90+ years old. A few years ago in underwent a $35 million dollor renovation and restored to the 1930's motif inside. Great stars of yester year have graced the hotel; Judy Garland, Margo Jones, Katherine Hepburn and the famous play wright Tennesse Williams. Last night I watched a movie by him called Suddenly Last Summer starring the great Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn. Oh, and right down the street from the hotel is the famous Mansion on Turtle Creek where Tennesse Williams wrote Summer and Smoke. Anyway, wonderful movie worth seeing.
The movie and play features Catharine Holly, a young woman who seems to go insane after her cousin Sebastian dies on a trip to Europe under mysterious circumstances. Sebastian's mother, Violet Venable, trying to cloud the truth about her son's homosexuality and death, threatens to lobotomize Catharine for her incoherent utterances relating to Sebastian's demise. Finally, under the influence of a truth serum, Catharine tells the gruesome story of Sebastian's death by cannibalism at the hand of local boys whose sexual favors he sought, using Catharine as a device to attract the young men (as he had earlier used his mother).
Because of the time when this was written you kinda have to piece the ending together. In the above plot summery it's sounds very clear but you may have to play back scenes to further understand. Overall, a very well acted and written movie.....good ol classics!
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"The object of art is to give life a shape" -Shakespeare-