Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

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Please note: This event took place in April 2021

Lisa Immordino Vreeland
81 mins, USA

Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams - writers, celebrities, geniuses - catapulted to fame in the 1950s, sparking a friendship and rivalry spanning nearly 40 years until their deaths within a year of each other. Inextricably entwined, and fixtures of their age, they were creative powerhouses (and gay men) who dealt with success and failure in vastly different ways.

Filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland brings the two forces together in a unique and fascinating tête-à-tête, comparing and contrasting their trajectories through dueling voices —the writers’ own, culled from archival footage, and the voices of actors Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto portraying, respectively, Capote and Williams at various stages of their lives.

Both created rich, imaginary worlds and characters (Blanche DuBois, Holly Golightly) that left indelible marks on the era - and both paid the price of colossal success and fame through alcoholism and periods of artistic stagnation. This is a revealing and compelling insight into two literary giants - and a rich immersion into the artistic world.