Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond
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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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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.
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.Read more ›
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond really pulled me into the story. I became part of the characters' lives and struggles, and was left profoundly moved. The pace of this remarkable film captures the laid-back South in the early 1900s, but it never drags. This is, however, a movie that the viewer has to pay attention to; it demands that the viewer be engaged, it provokes thought. So much is said in few words as well as with no words. All words, even words spoken in the background, are significant, as are looks, touches, gestures, body language. Nothing is superfluous. Each scene is well-played and necessary. The one soliloquy, with its changed lighting, is superbly done.
Lighting is used to exceptional effect throughout the film. All the scenes are well-planned and well-executed; even the side characters are portrayed effectively. The entire cast was chosen with keen perception; together they achieve a truly memorable film.
The acting, direction, music, cinematography...all are so well done. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is artistic, moving, and often heart-wrenching. There is also some humor and lightheartedness. I cannot praise the superb acting highly enough, particularly that of Bryce Dallas Howard (as Fisher Willow) and Chris Evans (as Jimmy Dobyne, full name James Dobyne the Fifth) in the lead roles, likewise the flawless instinct and direction of Jodie Markell.
In the case of the main characters, Fisher Willow and Jimmy Dobyne, both have two essentials in common: 1) the importance of strict honesty, and 2) the keeping of promises.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was a Christmas gift. Very pleased with product and delivery.Published 5 days ago by Cathi Berndt
This dvd was a great find. I thought I had read or watched everything by Tennessee Williams. Bryce Dallas Howard is talented beyond her years. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Hoyt
After reading John Lahr's biography, "Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh" (2014), I became so interested in Williams that I read or reread many of his works... Read morePublished 16 days ago by Robin Friedman
Fault not with the stars. Tennessee Williams is just a lowlife degenerate. I had no opinion of him before but this is the second and last movie I watch based on his works.Published 17 days ago by Matt Lund
Love period dramas- costuming, props,etc It was entertaining, had an interesting plot and was worth my time to watch it!Published 18 days ago by angierumom
Well, it was Tennessee Williams which gives you an idea that the characters are going to be one-off with problems. Nicely acted, however.Published 21 days ago by larrym
I agree with many of the positive reviews here. This is an affecting film with fine performances by Bryce Howard and Chris Evans. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Liz Geawn