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Elia Kazan: The Actors’ Director

Baby Doll

Kazan’s engagingly cruel comedy about a fraught sexual triangle is adapted from two Tennessee Williams one-act plays.

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USA 1956
Dir Elia Kazan
With Caroll Baker, Karl Malden, Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock
Certificate PG

Adapted from two of Tennessee Williams’ one-act plays, this gleefully grotesque black comedy – set in and around a gloriously run-down Mississippi mansion – chronicles the vengeful strategy undertaken by a Sicilian businessman (Wallach) against a dishonest rival (Malden) who has an attractive but intellectually and sexually immature wife (Baker). Kazan’s virtuoso direction of lengthy scenes keeps the cruel antics moving along to engaging effect.


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