Baby Doll (1956) - Film Screening
Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 8:00 PM (GMT)
Southampton, United Kingdom
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Feature Film Screening:
with introduction by Patrick Sandford, Artistic Director at The Nuffield
Dir Alia Kazan USA 1956 Cert PG
Screenplay Tennessee Williams
The movie poster for this film describes it as Tennessee Williams' 'Boldest Work'. Indeed in 1956, with an X rating, it's steamy theme of the young virgin Baby Doll, taunting her husband in their yet to be consumated marriage and caught up in the rivalry between him and his business competitor Silva Vacarro, was enormously controversial. In the US The Legion of Decency condemned the film for its "carnal suggestiveness" and it it became the first American-made film produced by a major studio to experience a nationwide boycott.
Measured in box office terms, even Accademy nominations and controversy could not make the film a success. It has stood the test of time, however, and later audiences have applauded its writing, direction and performance.
Patrick Sandford has recently directed Tiger Tail, Williams' stage version of this Southern tale, at Southampton's Nuffield Theatre where he is Artistic Director. Among other acclaimed productions, Patrick also brought us the wonderful Streetcar Named Desire in 2008, also at The Nuffield.
When & Where
Southampton Film Week
SFW 2013 introduces another eclectic mix of films and events to see and enjoy. For a week (and a bit) you'll find new features and short films along with the chance to meet local filmakers and those from further afield. Experience the wonders of our film heritage, find fun on a film workshop or catch an old favourite - but perhaps in a new place. Just a few of the treasures to be found on these pages and during film week.