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Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond (2008)

Bryce Dallas Howard , Will Patton , Jodie Markell  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryce Dallas Howard, Will Patton, Ellen Burstyn, Chris Evans
  • Directors: Jodie Markell
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Screen Media
  • DVD Release Date: September 7, 2010
  • Run Time: 1182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003H8F3AY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,331 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond" on IMDb

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Synopsis: The story of Fisher Willow, a Memphis débutante daughter of a plantation owner with a distaste for narrow-minded people and a penchant for shocking and insulting those around her. After returning from studies overseas, Fisher falls in love with Jimmy, the down-and-out son of an alcoholic father and an insane mother who works at a store on her family's plantation. She tries to pass him off as an upper-class suitor to appease the spinster aunt who controls her family's fortune, but when she loses a diamond, it places their tenuous relationship in further jeopardy.

ed on the long lost screenplay from celebrated playwright Tennessee Williams (A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof)!

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Bejeweled Masterwork August 26, 2010
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Tennessee Williams is the heart, mind, and voice of the South, and Jodie Markell has made an extraordinarily beautiful film of his screenplay, "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond." Exquisite in its detail and dramatic force, the director does not shy away from Williams's view of a rotting, decadent, romantic Gothic Southland. And in Bryce Dallas Howard (with alabaster skin and raven-black hair) and Chris Evans, she has possibly the most handsome cinematic-couple since Dame Elizabeth Taylor and Montgomery Clift in "A Place in the Sun." This film is a great achievement, not to be missed.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning period film with timeless appeal! September 4, 2010
Format:DVD
Jodie Markell has created a period piece with timeless appeal! This never-before produced screenplay by Tennessee Williams came to light at the right time and in the right hands. Markell's insightful direction and Bryce Dallas Howard's brilliant performance transport the viewer to 1920's Memphis with its juxtaposition of high-class southern charm, architecture and posh parties to the inner turmoil brought about through the accompanying societal expectations. Howard's portrayal of a "fallen" southern belle, Fisher Willow, is both heartbreaking and breathtaking. The high-value teardrop diamond earring she wears which is lost represents Willow's desperate struggle to hold onto her inheritance at all costs -- monetary and personal. The viewer is seamlessly transported into Willow's world of truth vs. lies, genuine vs. fake, awake vs. asleep... as she is forced to face her past and present demons on the journey of discovering her true self (and true love, ie Chris Evans) in the process. You don't have to be a Tennessee Williams fan to get swept away by this film!
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
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I find it strange (or maybe just typical for an antsy media world) that this film was shunned so widely, if not overlooked. Also, there seems to be a recurrent animosity against Bryce Dallas Howard as an actress that I find hard to justify. I can think of few others who are showing such promise at an early age.

And as for the screenplay that is the inevitable draw of the film, it certainly falls canonically among Tennessee Williams' lesser works; yet even his lesser works have always carried much magic, and an idiomatic command of poetic elegance that no American writer since has matched.

We all know well Blanche's ruminations about paper lanterns as a metaphor for magic in the world; people far smarter and wiser than me have called those words among the most deeply felt ever written in the English language. In this film, Fisher Willow has her moment too, hers more nuanced than the melodramatic flourish of Vivian Leigh's delivery. She pines for the company not of strangers, but of people who have meaning, who aspire to art and creation, and so forth. They are words meant to be heard spoken, rather than spit out in this no-name review on the Internet.

So all of that is to say, the best you can do is ignore the shrugging critics and watch this film. It does the legacy of Tennessee Williams justice, it is beautifully shot on a very low budget, and it is a fine performance by a budding actress who absorbs the playwright's intentions elegantly.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Gem for Tenneesee Williams Fans September 10, 2010
Format:DVD
"The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," is a real gem but it is not for everyone. If you are not a big Tennessee Williams fan, you probably will not like it. If you are unfamiliar with Tennessee Williams, then you are better off watching "A Streetcar Named Desire," or "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."

Admittedly, this is not one of Williams' best stories. The reason the film works so well is the acting and directing.

I had seen Bryce Dallas Howard in a few other films but they did not prepare me for this absolutely thrilling performance. This is not just the best performance of the year but it is the best performance in the past several years. She brings the character of Fisher Willow to life the way that Vivian Leigh did for Blanche DuBois. In many ways Fisher Willow is like a young version of Blanche.

Fisher is a typical Williams' heroine. She initially comes off as a selfish, self centered, Southern Belle but underneath she is much more fragile than anyone suspects. Bryce Dallas Howard is able to bring this out with such complexity and nuance that we can sympathize with a character that we should not care about so much. Even in her best moments she seems as though she could shatter at any moment.

This performance alone is enough reason to see this film.

The story follows the familiar themes covered in other Tennessee Williams stories: loneliness, loss of wealth, fall from grace, and battling interior demons. The teardrop diamond could represent the wealth and status her family once had. It is not just a $5000 jewel. It is a symbol of what her family once was and what was once the old South.

Jodie Markell does an impressive job directing. Her style is old school.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tennessee Williams must be delighted October 22, 2011
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It says much about the film industry over the last twenty-five or so years, and none of it good, that a screenplay of the quality of The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, written by arguably the greatest and certainly among the best-known playwrights of the last century, has nonetheless lain neglected for decades. The good news is that it now comes to us in a version that must surely please its author. Bryce Dallas Howard is electrifying as Fisher Willow, a heroine as complex and engaging as any that Tennessee Williams ever created, and Chris Evans gives her excellent support. I was involved with their struggle from beginning to end, and actually found myself sighing with relief when they finally found each other! Jodie Markell's direction is flawless, splendidly evoking the sleepy yet dangerous languor of Williams's south. One of Markell's strengths as director is her evident recognition that Williams was not only a dramatist but also a poet. Her film is sustained by her sense of Williams's poetry and is itself poetic. We are in in debt to her, to her cast, and to all who worked with her.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Haunting and Beautiful Movie
This Tenn Williams play, for some reason, was much overlooked. Why??? It is a great one, a story of relationships and love, madness and addictions, wealth, poverty, secrets. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Fairy Tale
5.0 out of 5 stars I stopped the world to view this
Right, Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Paul Newman, Brando, ...Big Daddy and sister woman... I bought this Blu-ray some time ago because I love Tennessee Williams and there were... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bob North
3.0 out of 5 stars EVANS
CHRIS EVANS HELLOOOOOOOOOOO! JUST BUY IT OK SO WORTH IT. JUST BUY REALLY BUY OK I SAID OK BUY NOW
Published 2 months ago by Yolanda
1.0 out of 5 stars SCRATCHED DVD SOLD
this item was scratched, and would not play. I like the movie, but party selling this was selling trash. I was sold a unusable DVD.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara C. Smith
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Worth Watching
This is a well made film, the story is interesting and the characters are almost three dimensional. In some ways, I think this might be better suited to the stage, even though it... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Anne-Marie G
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful story,'The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond' leaves you with the...
This is not as dark or sad as many Tennessee Williams' plots. It is beautiful and complex. I was familiar with the lead male actor, but not with the female; I could not imagine... Read more
Published 5 months ago by carolyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Like this movie
Chris Evans and Bryce Dallas Howard are both very good in this movie, but I must say Bryce out acts Chris in nearly every sceen. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Karen M. Woods
1.0 out of 5 stars Streaming Video Ordered in Error
I thought I was buying a DVD or Blu-ray. Request refund as I have no way to view streaming video, so I would never have ordered it. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Charles E. Hardilek
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully done
This movie is by far the best drama I have seen since The Notebook. Wonderfully acted and directed, this will go in my must watch often list. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars worst movie ever. =(
I watched the trailer, and the movie looked amazing. But it wasn't...I will never get those two hours of my life back. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Harley
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