Hollywood's Tennessee

Hollywood's Tennessee

The Williams Films and Postwar America

eBook - 2009
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No American dramatist has had more plays adapted than Tennessee Williams, and few modern dramatists have witnessed as much controversy during the adaptation process. His Hollywood legacy, captured in such screen adaptations as A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and Suddenly, Last Summer, reflects the sea change in American culture in the mid-twentieth century. Placing this body of work within relevant contexts ranging from gender and sexuality to censorship, modernism, art cinema, and the Southern Renaissance, Hollywood x2019;s Tennessee draws on rarely examined archival research to recast Williams x2019;s significance. Providing not only cultural context, the authors also bring to light the details of the arduous screenwriting process Williams experienced, with special emphasis on the Production Code Administration x2014;the powerful censorship office that drew high-profile criticism during the 1950s x2014;and Williams x2019;s innovative efforts to bend the code. Going well beyond the scripts themselves, Hollywood x2019;s Tennessee showcases findings culled from poster and billboard art, pressbooks, and other production and advertising material. The result is a sweeping account of how Williams x2019;s adapted plays were crafted, marketed, and received, as well as the lasting implications of this history for commercial filmmakers and their audiences.
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780292793644
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xvi, 353 pages :) : illustrations
Additional Contributors: Bray, William Robert 1951-
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