Introduction: Tennessee Williams(5)
The story of Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon, a
defrocked Episcopal minister, played by Richard Burton, Night of the Iguana(1964)
is set in Mexico in 1940.
Like many of his other works, Night of
the Iguana, grew out of one of Williams' experiences abroad. Williams
traveled to Acapulco in 1940 and witnessed the heat, listened to news of the
war, and saw the infiltration of the Nazi's into the city. He also remembered
some young children capturing a small iguana, tying it up, and fattening it for
The film evolved from the 1946 short story, and
its corresponding 1960 play. In the film, Williams used his memory of the
captured iguana to symbolize Shannon, a former clergyman trapped by
rapacious women who wish to consume him for different reasons. In the end,
Shannon realizes that he will never return to the ministry, but finds some
relief when, like the iguana, he is released.
Famed director John Huston filmed on location in
Puerto Vallarta for three months. The cast included such luminaries as Burton,
Deborah Kerr, and Ava Gardner. They endured three months of harsh conditions and
two serious accidents. One, in particular, endangered Burton when the bus he and
several actors were on almost fell off a mountainside cliff.
The film received both popular and critical
praise. It won the 1964 Academy Award for "Best Costume Design," and also
received nominations for "Best Actress in a Supporting Role" (Grayson Hall),
"Best Art Direction- Set Direction, Black-and-White," and "Best Cinematography,
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1. Poster, Baby Doll
2. Book, Baby Doll
3. Typesetting Copy(a), Baby Doll
4. Typesetting Copy(b), Baby Doll
5. Mimeograph, The Fugitive Kind
6. Pressbook, The Fugitive Kind
7. Poster, Summer and Smoke
8. Pressbook, Summer and Smoke
9. Script, Roman Spring...
10. Pressbook, Roman Spring ...
11. Pressbook, Period of Adjustment
12. Campaign Book, Night of the Iguana