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The Fugitive Kind

Sidney Lumet

 
The Fugitive Kind (Criterion DVD)

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2 Discs

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  • United States
  • 1960
  • 121 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.66:1
  • English
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  • Spine #515

Four Oscar–winning actors—Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, and Maureen Stapleton—sink 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 Williams’s hot-blooded storytelling and social critique with his customary restraint, resulting in a drama of uncommon sophistication and craft.

Cast

Valentine “Snakeskin” Xavier Marlon Brando
Lady TorranceAnna Magnani
Carol CutrereJoanne Woodward
Jabe TorranceVictor Jory
Vee TalbotMaureen Stapleton
Sheriff Jordan TalbotR. G. Armstrong
David CutrereJohn Baragrey
Uncle PleasantEmory Richardson

Credits

DirectorSidney Lumet
ProducerRichard Shepherd and Martin Jurow
CinematographyBoris Kaufman
ScreenplayTennessee Williams and Meade Roberts
Based on the play Orpheus Descending byTennessee Williams
MusicKenyon Hopkins
Art directionRichard Sylbert
EditingCarl Lerner
Associate producerGeorge Justin
Assistant directorCharles H. Maguire
SoundJames Gleason
Costume designerFrank L. Thompson

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION DOUBLE-DVD SET

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, approved by director Sidney Lumet
  • New video interview with 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
  • New video program discussing the playwright’s work in Hollywood and The Fugitive Kind
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by film critic David Thomson

    New cover by Ron Lesser

Film Essays

The Fugitive Kind: When Sidney Went to Tennessee

By David Thomson April 26, 2010

In the late 1940s, driven by the opening-night ovations for A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams embarked on more than a decade of immense success. During this period, he wrote at a . . . Read more »

Video


Press Notes

Press Notes: The Fugitive Kind

May 14, 2010

“This hot-blooded, overtly poetic adaptation of Tennessee Williams is a stylish, emotional production from director Sidney Lumet,” writes Jamie S. Rich at DVD Talk of the new Criterion release . . . Read more »


Interviews

A Conversation with Richard Shepherd

By Sam Wasson April 27, 2010

From left: Marlon Brando, Maureen Stapleton, Tennessee Williams, and producer Richard Shepherd, on the set of The Fugitive Kind. It was Jules Stein, head and founder of MCA, who plucked Richard . . . Read more »


Film Essays

The Fugitive Kind: When Sidney Went to Tennessee

By David Thomson April 26, 2010

In the late 1940s, driven by the opening-night ovations for A Streetcar Named Desire, Tennessee Williams embarked on more than a decade of immense success. During this period, he wrote at a . . . Read more »