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The Eccentricities of a Nightingale (1976)

Cast: Frank Langella, Frank Langella, Blythe Danner, more...
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Studio: Kultur
Genre: Drama, Costume Drama/Period Piece
Running Time: 120 min.
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Blythe Danner and Frank Langella star in this made-for-television adaptation of Tennessee Williams' drama. Alma Winemiller (Danner) is a woman of the South -- educated, soft-spoken, somewhat shy, and possessing a thoroughly original turn of mind. For quite some time, Alma has been infatuated with the handsome doctor who lives next door (Langella), but she's been unable to catch his eye. When he invites Alma to spend the night with him at a hotel, she has no illusions about what he wants from the relationship, but her loneliness and her desire has grown strong enough that she can't bear to turn him down. The Eccentricities of a Nightingale was first shown on PBS in 1975. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

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A Warbling Strangeness by wdrazo June 23, 2003 - 7:46 PM PDT
Like the proverbial bird in the gilded cage who finally got away, Alma escapes into the arms of her doctor neighbor, a former bad boy, who looks at her in wonder. As a superior American playwright, Tennessee Williams manipulates language in metaphor, illusion, and devastation for turn-of-the-century Mississippi. This revised version of his play, Summer and Smoke, seems more naturalistic than the forbearer. This is a filmed version for PBS and very stagy, but there are close-ups and two shots. Watch for the impersonation of Tennessee himself. If one listens hard enough, the songs of ancestors can be heard.

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