The Fugitive Kind
Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton,
Screening followed by a special Anna Magnani–inspired dinner at Babette. $40/person. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by Nov. 17
From its compelling opening soliloquy—Marlon Brando pleading before an unseen judge (the camera eye)—The Fugitive Kind, based on Tennessee Williams’s Orpheus Descending, announces itself as a film that, like its protagonist, takes crazy, brilliant risks. A wayfaring stranger, Brando’s Val “Snakeskin” Xavier has wandered into one of Williams’s waking nightmares, where the men are sadists and the women, caged birds. Magnani plays the wife of a tyrannical invalid; her desire, ambivalence, and beauty are aroused by the newcomer. Brando and Magnani are two brilliantly mismatched actors: he unmasks in verse, while she reveals herself in bruised bluntness.