The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (2008)
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A rebellious socialite defies social conventions for a once-in-a-lifetime shot at true love, only to see her hopes for the future shattered after a priceless diamond vanishes into thin air in this romantic drama adapted from a long-lost Tennessee Williams screenplay. Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) is the debutant daughter of a wealthy Memphis plantation owner. She harbors a great distain for the narrow-minded elite who seem to worship the ground her father walks on, and takes great delight
Dec 30, 2009 Wide
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The characters and themes are redolent of earlier and better Williams works, and the story unexpectedly putters out at the end-but seeing it now, you can't help but treasure the simple, lyrical dialogue and sure-handed narrative thrust
If you are not already familiar with Williams's best plays and film adaptations, this musty magnolia of a movie won't encourage you to seek them out.
Even though Howard never quite gets it, never quite releases into the role and never quite convinces, she never makes a mistake, either.
It's minor Williams turned minor cinema, but there are nonetheless moments that resonate.
The script is half-a-fortune at best, and visually the picture is staid. But you stick with it, because it's Williams and because certainly no one since Williams has written this sort of embroidered dialogue.
It has been filmed in a respectful manner that evokes a touring production of an only moderately successful Broadway play. Understand that, accept it, and the film has its rewards and one performance of great passion.
The words drip with affectation (as do the actors) and Jodie Mankell's direction is dipped in southern gothic honey and glazed over with period sprinkles.
Beautifully photographed...Sadly, though, there isn't much else to recommend it.
A deservedly overlooked Tennessee Williams script set in the 1920s South, its plot makes little sense for contemporary audiences.
This is not the galvanizing, deep fried melodrama of Tennessee Williams at his height but rather, the low fat version.
As beautifully played by Howard, Fisher Willow appropriately resembles a china doll, with a pale face highlighted by bright red lips -- she is hard yet fragile, projecting something of an artificial quality that hides her pain.
Markell has valiantly created a mild bit of Williams ephemera that could have been more than a curiosity piece with a more dynamic actress at its center.
While it captures the Southern Gothic atmosphere, it's sketchy and studied, best geared to Tennessee Williams aficionados.
A clearly inferior piece of writing that doesn't have the emotional resonance of even previously acknowledged mediocre works by Williams.
a terrible and terribly dated work that will strike Williams scholars as the cinematic equivalent of a bottle cap and everyone else as arguably the worst version of one of his works to ever hit the big screen and bear in mind, I have seen "Boom."
It's unfortunate that an entire generation who've never seen a Williams play or film will think that this current work represents the artist. Now that this screenplay has been 'found' ... can we lose it again?
Most effective as a reminder that Williams' works emerged from a certain time and place, and to approach them from another is fraught with peril.
Audience Reviews for The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond
- Miss Addie: Thank you for coming in. I know how unpleasant it is to enter this chamber of horrors.
- Fisher Willow: I almost never feel really peaceful, you know.
- Fisher Willow: I'm not sure embarrassment is still an emotion I could feel.
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