The Fugitive Kind
Film - Feature | September 17 | 7 p.m. | Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
From its compelling opening soliloquyMarlon Brando pleading before an unseen judge (the camera eye)The Fugitive Kind announces itself as a film that, like its protagonist, takes crazy, brilliant risks. A wayfaring stranger, Brandos Val Snakeskin Xavier has wandered into one of Tennessee Williamss waking nightmares, where the men are sadists and the women, caged birds. Anna 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.
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