Sweet Bird of Youth 04/28/20
Not all Tennessee Williams film adaptations are successful, but Richard Brooks’ blend of romance, show biz venality and political thuggery is just too entertaining to dismiss. The entire cast is better than good, with Geraldine Page shining and Paul Newman well-cast. And the ingenue Shirley Knight receives her most iconic role, right at the beginning of her career. It’s sad timing for admirers of Ms. Knight, but still good to see her looking so radiant. Co-starring Ed Begley, Rip Torn, Mildred Dunnock, Madeleine Sherwood and the song Ebb Tide.’ On Blu-ray from The Warner Archive Collection.