This filming of the lyrically superb Tennessee Williams play, one of the most popular in American theater revivals, is sensitive and wellconstructed but somewhat misdirected. The prosaic story involves a proud but dominating mother, Lawrence, her crippled, day-dreaming daughter, Wyman, and
her disillusioned son, Kennedy. The three live in a run-down apartment in the tenement district of St. Louis. Lawrence's husband is long gone, a runaway "telephone man who fell in love with long distance." She is forever telling her grown children that when she was a southern belle there was no
end to the "gentlemen callers" knocking on her door. Her son, Kennedy, who writes poet...