The Glass Menagerie

The Glass Menagerie ★★★★

One thing I apreciate about Newman three stage adaptation is how little he tries to open up the plays. Of course, trying to openup The Glass Menagerie would be very conter-productive, but the ways he goes in the opposite direction and makes sure the apartment feels so vast, lived and haunted and yet so disconnect from the world. An abstracted space of repressed urges. That don't means it is not cinematic, far from it, Michael Ballhaus shot it and it feels as expressive as his best work and usual Newman editing time is great.It is far more subdued than most Williams adaptation gets. The performance are predictably great, particular John Malkovich and Karen Allen (and he is by his standards surprising non-mannered).