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This Property Is Condemned

This Property Is Condemned (1966)

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Sydney Pollack's tawdry potboiler, adapted from a one-act play by Tennessee Williams, was rife with production problems, culminating in Williams' failed attempt to have his name removed from the credits. The story is set by a framing device as thirteen-year-old Willie Starr (Mary Badham) sits on an abandoned railroad track with her friend Tom (Jon Provost) and relates the tale of her deceased older sister Alva (Natalie Wood). Alva is a beautiful woman living in a small Mississippi town in the

Dec 2, 2003

Paramount Pictures

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Derived from a Tennessee Williams one-acter, the production is adult without being sensational, touching without being maudlin.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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Considering the wealth of talent that participated in this Tennessee Williams adaptation, the results are disappointing in the extreme.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Under Sydney Pollack's direction, they are all acting seamy sterotypes.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Sydney Pollack's second film (1966) has Natalie Wood and Robert Redford entangled in a steamy Tennessee Williams plotline, well photographed by James Wong Howe.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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The script is riddled with obvious problems, but the acting is top-notch.

December 11, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Pretty controversial in its time; see it for Redford and Wood.

November 1, 2004
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For megafans of its leads only.

November 23, 2003 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Coppola had a hand in the script, but this is an overcooked melodrama that's easy on the eye and not too taxing on the brain.

May 24, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
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"this property is condemned" would probably be the only romantic tale from tennesse williams with less dosage of cynicism and more of an elegy of yesterday's wine and roses, of course, also the fair youth permeated with fancies and wonderful perspective despite its predestination is ruin and decay.

natalie wood plays alva starr, the glamour queen of a local boarding house with a nymphomaniac mother who literarily pimps her daughter to draw more business. and also a tomboyish sister who worships and idolizes her. regardless of the sordidness of her circumstances, alva beautifies the grim facts of life with her girlish imaginations, expecting the father who deserted the family would return to her bossom someday...then the arrival of one stranger owen(redford) from new orleans ignites her ablaze hope of escaping her blood-sucking leech-alike mother who simply uses her to get attention and money from men.

unfortunately the mission of this attractive stranger is to terminate dreams, own legate is a railroad agent who dispatches the workers away for the company's demand. he sneers at alva for her lewdness and braggery, despising her for not refusing her despicable mother to assert herself, but secretly sympathizing with her unbearable state as a puppet of mama. their romantic bond would be the combination of reason and sentiments, drab realism stuck with magic wonders.

alva is doomed because you cannot live on fancies and sheer romanticism while you have such a gruesome creature as a mom, why the mothers of tennesse williams' plays are the monstrous beings who devastate their seed's happiness to nuturize herself like an alien queen? mother is a like nightmarish creep who haunts our female protagonist around every corner, saboteuring her every chance of happiness, spitting at her dream pictures relentlessly, envious of her beauty which mother covets as an potential asset to drain. mother is the malicious villain within willaims' tales.

eventually alva's sister wears her wretched torn scarlet gown stumbling upon the railroad tracks like a beggar fantasizing herself as a queen after alva dies of pneumonia, a grosteque irony in contrast of the glorious past, the colors of dreams faint as alva starr demises in solitude as the theme "wish me a rainbow" flows along like a funeral crooning tune. pure lyricism.

(ps) edith head is in charge of wardrobe.
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