The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond Reviews
While this recently rediscovered screenplay won't rank with the best of Williams, the script does possess a poignancy that remains frustratingly out of reach onscreen.
It has been filmed in a respectful manner that evokes a touring production of an only moderately successful Broadway play. Understand that, accept it, and the film has its rewards and one performance of great passion.
The script is half-a-fortune at best, and visually the picture is staid. But you stick with it, because it's Williams and because certainly no one since Williams has written this sort of embroidered dialogue.
The characters and themes are redolent of earlier and better Williams works, and the story unexpectedly putters out at the end-but seeing it now, you can't help but treasure the simple, lyrical dialogue and sure-handed narrative thrust
Even if it were not filmed in the dreariest TV-movie style by the debuting Jodie Markell, this romantic melodrama set in 1920s Mississippi seems almost like a self-parody of Williams' earlier work.
As beautifully played by Howard, Fisher Willow appropriately resembles a china doll, with a pale face highlighted by bright red lips -- she is hard yet fragile, projecting something of an artificial quality that hides her pain.
a terrible and terribly dated work that will strike Williams scholars as the cinematic equivalent of a bottle cap and everyone else as arguably the worst version of one of his works to ever hit the big screen and bear in mind, I have seen "Boom."
It's unfortunate that an entire generation who've never seen a Williams play or film will think that this current work represents the artist. Now that this screenplay has been 'found' ... can we lose it again?