Tuesday, July 25, 2017

"The Night of the Iguana" (1964)

I love this movie more every time I see it (maybe four times now, most recently a night ago on TCM). Writer Tennessee Williams has a reputation for being salacious, but he's actually very profound and humane in his work (not so kind to himself in life).

I'm attracted to the psyches of all three of the main characters in this movie (Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, Richard Burton). Here's a scene near the end, with the oversexed (yet truly spiritual) reverend questioning the chaste (truly spiritual) destitute artist about her sexual experiences. It's such a psychologically delicate thing to have written, and to see onscreen. (It's also subtly funny: "It was a Garbo picture, and I was just overexcited.")

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