Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
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Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Year: 2020
Running Time: 81 minutes
Country: U.S.
Language: English
English Closed Captions

The brilliant work, personal struggles, and cultural impact of iconic American writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams explodes onto the screen in this innovative dual-portrait documentary. Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland masterfully collages a wealth of archival material, including dishy talk show appearances with Dick Cavett and David Frost, with clips from some of the duo’s most memorable movie adaptations: A Streetcar Named Desire, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, The Glass Menagerie, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and In Cold Blood. Featuring vibrant voiceover work by award-winning actors Jim Parsons (Capote) and Zachary Quinto (Williams), the film is dripping with wit and wisdom. It is a celebration of both men's fearless candor and often tumultuous friendship that honors how their identity as gay Southerners informed their timeless artistic achievements and relationships with family, colleagues, confidants, and – most significantly – each other.

Watch a virtual Q&A with director Lisa Immordino Vreeland and actors Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto moderated by author Christopher Castellani (Leading Men) and hosted by Film Forum and the Center for Fiction:

Reviews

“An immersive portrait of literary icons, friends, and rivals… a creative way into the ubiquitous figures.”


“A fascinating account of a loving but troubled relationship… succeeds beautifully in providing a revealing look at their troubled psyches.”


“Takes their great talents as a given and happily refuses to sensationalize their struggles…  the film succeeds in bringing these remarkable figures a bit closer to us.”


“A truly captivating and cleverly contrasting examination of two of the most significant writers of the last century.”


“The greatest service… is the attention it grants to the written words of Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams.”


“A visually appealing mosaic of iconic photographs, television interviews, magazine articles, clippings and comments that combine to fully immerse us in the lives and loves of both men.”


Awards
  • Official Selection: Telluride Film Festival

  • Official Selection: Hamptons International Film Festival

  • Official Selection: NewFest: The New York LGBTQ+ Film Festival

  • Winner: Audience Award – OUTshine Film Festival (Miami)

  • Winner: Best LGBTQ Film – Key West Film Festival

Cast
Truman Capote
Tennessee Williams
Jim Parsons
Zachary Quinto
David Frost
Dick Cavett

Crew
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

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