Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

Director: Lisa Immordino Vreeland
2020 | USA | 81m
GENRE: Arts & Literature | Biography/History | Gay | Theatre/Performance Art
SECTION: Closed Captioned | Documentary Features | Streaming


Highly visible gay men during the dark years of the mid-20th Century, writers Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams were lifelong friends who vacationed and partied together and occasionally threw serious shade at each other. Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation is built on their magnificent words, joyfully voiced by Jim Parsons (Capote) and Zachary Quinto (Williams). Director Lisa Immordino Vreeland—who previously documented fabulous subjects like Diana Vreeland and Peggy Guggenheim—weaves a poetic collage from their iconic books and plays, TV interviews with Dick Cavett and David Frost, and clips from screen adaptations of some of their most famous work like Breakfast at Tiffany’s and A Streetcar Named Desire.

The two men shared Southern roots, fame in New York City, long relationships with male partners, and a simmering rivalry. Capote chased the spotlight (boasting “I’m famous for being famous”) while Williams bemoaned success as “the wolf at the door.” From early literary glory to late-life addiction, this gorgeous dual portrait is a must-see for admirers of these writers, who advanced queer liberation even when their own lives were shadowed by shame, struggle, and high drama.


Buying Note: This digital screening has a limited window of Thu, Jun 17 through Thu, Jun 24. We suggest watching it at 9:00pm PDT Thu, Jun 17, followed by a Q&A.

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