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Posts Tagged ‘Tennessee Williams’

Best Netflix Instant Movies for Readers: Films Based on Plays

netflixlogo.pngThousands of Netflix users enjoy the “Watch Instantly” section of the popular DVD rental website–streaming movies straight to their computers or televisions. Still, it can be difficult to find the perfect movie amid the overwhelming selection.

Our first Netflix list, the best dramas based on contemporary literature, was so well-received that we’ve created our list of ten favorite films based on plays from the “Watch Instantly” section of Netflix. Add your favorites adapted plays on Netflix in the comments–we’ll do more lists for more categories soon.

Romeo + Juliet: Love it or hate it, you can’t deny this Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes Shakespeare adaptation is captivating.

A Streetcar Named Desire: The great Marlon Brando stars in the definitive film version of Tennessee Williams‘ classic play.

The Time of Your Life: Patti LuPone stars in an adaptation of William Saroyan’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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Welcome to the Monkey Bar

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Vanity Fair editor Graydon Carter recently re-launched the Monkey Bar in Manhattan, a hip new spot for editors and writers who can still afford to get drinks in Midtown.

As the NY Observer reported, the watering-hole first opened its doors during the Great Depression, attracting novelist Harold Robbins and playwright Tennessee Williams. The bar also features mural of famous cultural figures, inspiring guessing-games among guests.

Yesterday, Joshua David Stein (who took that photo) uncovered the literary figures adorning the walls of the refurbished bar: “[It's a] who’s who of who is in New York between the wars. We have Fred Astaire, this is the Fred Astaire who appeared on Broadway with his sister. There’s also Henry Luce, Herb Ross, Conde Nast, Blanche and Adolph Ochs, the Fitzgeralds–Zelda and F Scott, Billie Rose, Dorothy Parker and Edna Ferber.” (Via Gawker)