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Fugitive Kind

Marlon Brando , Joanne Woodward , Sidney Lumet    Unrated   DVD

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Brando & Tennessee April 12 2010
By Michael B. Druxman - Published on Amazon.com
THE FUGITIVE KIND is classic early Marlon Brando, who received a million dollar paycheck for his participation in this picture. The problem is that, watching this renowned actor at the height of his popularity, one can't help but feel that he is "doing a Marlon Brando cliché," rather than making the character of Valentine Xavier live and breathe.

Part of the trouble is the script, which was freely adapted by Tennessee Williams and Meade Roberts from Williams' BATTLE OF ANGELS and its rewrite, ORPHEUS DESCENDING. Both versions of the play were unsuccessful during their New York engagements.

This is not one of Williams' better plays. It contains no unforgettable characters like Blanche DuBois, Stanley Kowalski or "Big Daddy," and its ending is a downer. Actually. most of Williams' plays have unhappy conclusions, but in most cases, when Hollywood brought them to the big screen, the endings were, arguably, more upbeat. That is not the case with this independent 1960 production.

On the other hand, even a less than superb Tennessee Williams play has it's poetic moments that mesmerize, such as Brando's scene in which he tells about the little bird that flies on the wind and only touches earth when it dies.

Masterfully directed (within the confines of the script) by Sidney Lumet, THE FUGITIVE KIND is a morose drama that crackles with several fine performances, in particular those of Woodward as a lost soul crying for help and Magnani as a woman who has been forced to keep her strong emotions pent up inside for all of her life.

© Michael B. Druxman
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wild Things Aug. 4 2010
By Stefania Casi (The Cultural Sojourner) - Published on Amazon.com
"Wild things leave their skin behind...so the fugitive kind can follow their kind." This film seethes with a dark, sultry, gothic atmosphere: Tennessee Williams brand of Southern discomfort. Life in this small town is painfully slow, quietly desperate and overwhelmingly restrictive, barely masking its inherent corruptness and grotesque stagnation. Marlon Brando oozes sexuality and sensitivity, playing the outsider ~ the bad boy with the good heart. He is an absolute and primal magnetic force; you just can't take your eyes off of him! Pleasantly surprising, his co-stars, Woodward and Magnani, offer unforgettably powerful, dramatic interpretations, uncompromised by Brando's charisma. The love story is never believable, but the shared camera time creates the illusion of intimacy, compensating for the lack of chemistry. Williams' microcosm is all too familiar, the direction is theatrical, but the performances are mesmerizing and the social indictment remains damning.
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars another classic release through Criterion Dec 26 2010
By Ted - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.

The Fugitive Kind is a film based on the Tennesee Williams play. The film is directed by the acclaimed Sidney Lument. Marlon Brando leads the cast with very good acting and it remains a popular film to this day

This is a two disc set and comes with some television adaptations of the Williams plays, Moony's Kid Never Cries, The Last of My Solid Gold Watches, and This Property is Condemned. Also included is an interview with Lument, and a special on the film.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Fear and Loathing in Hickville Jan. 8 2013
By mr. critic - Published on Amazon.com
A drifting petty criminal settles down in a small town working for a lonely and broken older woman while a young outcast party girl pursues him. There are so many similar scenes of smouldering seductive sparring that the movie seems like a parody of itself. Ultimately it's just a collection of unsatisfied sad sacks wallowing in their own misery and one of the silliest clumsiest endings ever.
9 of 47 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE AVOID THIS STINKER!!! April 24 2010
By Evan M. Malin - Published on Amazon.com
Wow! They will release anything on Criterion, won't they! Even the stinkers!!

Marlon Brando is at his most faux-enigmatic - unintelligible, brooding, sexy, stupid - and incomprehensible. Joanne Woodward is wasted in this movie, and Anna Magnani's performance only painfully reminds me how many good actresses there must be in neighborhoods like Brooklyn, in New York, and Kensington, in Philadelphia. She is sullen, pedestrian, and forgettable. And she was a recent Oscar winner? One of the fifties great mysteries - how did SHE get an Oscar over much better performers, then proceed to use that cachet to ruin so many other movies? Her Italian movies don't even hold up!!

The plot? Typical Williams shtick - southern ambience, secrets, lies, blah, blah, blah ...... Next ....

The generation that inexplicably adored him has fortunately passed on, so maybe posterity will view him with the light of reality finally. Except for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke, and Suddenly Last Summer, the majority of his films and stories are booze and drug addled fantasies. Yawn!!

Rent it first, then decide for yourself. By all means, read my review, then all the others, then MAKE YOUR OWN JUDGEMENT!!

You may not agree with me, and that is great. That's why there is video - for all of us to make our own decisions about what we want to see.

Don't admire it just because Brando or Williams is a famous name. Think for yourself!!

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