Der Mann in der Schlangenhaut (1960)

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Der Mann in der Schlangenhaut: Directed by Sidney Lumet. With Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani, Joanne Woodward, Maureen Stapleton. Valentine “Snakeskin” Xavier, a trouble-prone drifter trying to go straight, wanders into a small Mississippi town looking for a simple and honest life but finds himself embroiled with problem-filled women.

“u0026quot;Orpheus Descendingu0026quot; may be one of Tennessee Williamsu0026#39; lesser plays but this screen version, under the more commercial title u0026quot;The Fugitive Kindu0026quot;, is a fairly juicy entertainment. thanks for the most part to the playing of Marlon Brando, Anna Magnani and Joanne Woodward. They are superb and lift the material, which is far from first-rate, to an altogether higher plain. The director was Sidney Lumet and while it may not be the best thing heu0026#39;s ever done, he certainly ensures we are never bored.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eWilliams himself adapted his play along with Meade Roberts and he signposts all the big moments well in advance. Once you hear Magnaniu0026#39;s Lady Torrence tell of how vigilantes burned down her fatheru0026#39;s orchard with him in it, you know how things will turn out – badly! The superb cinematography, in widescreen and in black and white, is by the great Boris Kaufman and the nice, bluesy score is by Kenyon Hopkins.”


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