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    I Just Watched...

    I am sure that Vincente Minnelli knew that he was dealing with a falsified version of "Tea and Sympathy", not the already famous play that everybody said COULD NOT BE DONE. Well, the famous play was not done - the subplot involving Laura Reynolds' husband's homosexuality was dropped. Dropping the REAL HOMOSEXUAL from the plot meant that the screen version was now about what was happening to Tom Lee, in other words, homophobia. On that basis, I think that Vincente Minnelli did a very fine job. Don't forget that Mr. Minnelli was often thought to be a homosexual, too. Yes, the indelible Minnelli trademarks are there, that is, the attention to "the facade". Yes, Minnelli packed a watered-down version of some pretty explosive material with considerable wallop. If he hadn't, that devastating ending - Tom, meeting the husband, the long-departed Laura and her letter - would not have hit home so hard. Forced to work with a lot less, Vincente Minnelli delivered a "Tea and Sympathy" that was different, but no less true - the ingrained destructiveness of homophobia.
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    Recently Watched Romantic Comedies

    I can't seem to appreciate Hedy Lamarr.
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    I Just Watched...

    Terrific movie, Kevin Bacon should have received an Oscar nomination., Years later, it opened Off-Broadway as a stage play. It was well-received.
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    I Just Watched...

    If the film were re-made today - and remained faithful to the play - it would still be as controversial, I think, as the play in its' initial run.
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    I Just Watched...

    When it was made as a film, it was too bold for the screen. The fact that the husband was gay, and not Tom Lee, was such a revelation. It upended everyday conceptions of what it meant to be "gay". It should be re-made - with all of the original material that concerned Laura and her husband and his need for the young men in his house. His homosexuality was almost beside-the-point - but it was very real. When push came to shove, the young men were far more important than his wife.
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    I Just Watched...

    You must read the play - it might be the very essence of "queer".
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    Bibi Andersson R.I.P. (1935-2019)

    Could never forget her in "Persona", one of the great films of the 60's. Saw her at a reading of a musical - she was in the company of a famous agent. She was exceedingly beautiful.
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    Obscure films with well-known stars

    Sounds very interesting, whatever happened to Kevin Anderson, who seemed destined for stardom?
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    I Just Watched...

    Such a shame, this fine, but brutal film has fallen into oblivion. At the time, Susan Strasberg, fresh off her Broadway triumph as Anne Frank, was such a big name.
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    I Just Watched...

    I saw a stage version of "The Tempest" at Lincoln Center Uptown that starred Sam Waterston and Carol Kane. It was both enchanting and mesmerizing.
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    I Just Watched...

    Since the year was 1960, I do realize the limitations that were imposed on the production,. But Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas never even touch each other. They do not embrace and they do not kiss. They seem like contentious friends on the same side of the same issue. The film is very good in that it concentrates on the emotional toll of the three trials - yes, all three trials are included. Peter Finch gives an understated but heartfelt performance. And John Fraser is a beast of a boy. But, as films about Oscar Wilde go, I prefer "Wilde" with Stephen Fry and Jude Law. And the most recent one, "The Happy Prince" with Rupert Everett, is a devastating glimpse into his last three years, in which old age, poverty, alcoholism and depravity got the best of him.
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    I Just Watched...

    What went on between Oscar Wilde and Lord Alfred Douglas is left in doubt in the film. But the casting of John Fraser, who is quite good, makes it quite obvious. The ending, in which Wilde can't even acknowledge Douglas, is very sad indeed.
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    I Just Watched...

    The famous play is about homosexuality - the screen version is about homophobia - quite a difference, I would say - John Kerr deserved a screen career - he got better and better, he was terrific in "Gaby", the film that might have made him a star -
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    I Just Watched...

    "Tea and Sympathy" - Vincente Minnelli - 1956 - starring Deborah Kerr, John Kerr, Leif Erickson, Edward Andrews, Daryl Hickman, Norma Crane - Beautifully rendered, but thoroughly falsified version of the famous Broadway hit - sadly, the screenplay was written by the playwright, Robert Anderson - for, in the play, it is not Tom Lee (John Kerr) who is homosexual, but Bill Reynolds, Laura's husband (Leif Erickson) who is homosexual - but, since the subject of homosexuality could not be embraced, everyone concerned did a commendable job - still, the revelation that a macho-oriented married man was a homosexual would have been quite a revelation back in 1956 - superb performances from all of the mentioned actors - especially Deborah Kerr, who is the essence of sympathy - and John Kerr, who is such a wounded individual -

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