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Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond (2008)

Bryce Dallas Howard , Will Patton , Jodie Markell  |  PG-13 |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Bryce Dallas Howard, Will Patton, Ellen Burstyn, Chris Evans
  • Directors: Jodie Markell
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003H8F3AY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,381 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
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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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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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Tennessee Williams January 25, 2011
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Beautiful and exquisite Tennessee Williams script with wondeful performances and flavor of the period. A must have for Williams fans.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking film, a masterpiece. December 9, 2012
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I watched The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond without making the connection that I'd seen a Tennessee Williams film before; it is a masterpiece in a day of too few such films.

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.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Big Chris Evan's Fan!
I'm a big fan of Chris Evans so wanted to watch this movie. Great acting and enjoyable film.
Published 19 days ago by M. L. Sullivan
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible
Absolutely a waste of time.
Published 1 month ago by Patty
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable period piece with subtle and potent performances
Performances in this rather underrated period piece are captivating and transcending the overall quality of the movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by TeilaRei
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good job
Published 1 month ago by Henry afriyie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent condition
Published 1 month ago by ariel
5.0 out of 5 stars Overlooked Tennessee Williams
Unexpected , undiscovered gem by Tennessee Williams.. There seemed to be good chemistry between the two leads. Ms Howard gave a particularly moving dimension to her character .
Published 2 months ago by Savvy Consumer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent
Published 3 months ago by Elaine Zimmerman
1.0 out of 5 stars Unwatchable. Save your money.
Highly recommended by friends. We found it unwatchable. Actors trying out their phony Southern accents with too much exposition.
Published 3 months ago by Opinionated
2.0 out of 5 stars A good represntation of the times but not the best 1920's film
There is no doubt that Chris Evans and Bryce Dallas Howard are great actors in this movie however I found the plot to be a bit dry. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Julie
4.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
As with any other Tennessee Williams story I don't know if I agree with some of the message that this movie leaves you with but it didn't interrupt the rest of the movie. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Natalie D. Rodriguez
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