Tea and Sympathy
DIRECTOR: VINCENTE MINNELLI
CAST: DEBORAH KERR, JOHN KERR, LEIF ERICKSON
Adapting Robert Anderson’s 1953 stage play about the relationship between a sensitive, shy, folksong strumming seventeen-year-old at a boy’s school (John Kerr) and the school coach’s lonely wife (Deborah Kerr, no relation), Minnelli comes about as close as a director working in 1950s Hollywood could get to saying the word “homosexuality” out loud, raising the hackles of moral watchdogs in the process though the story pulls up short on its ultimate implications. Working with master cinematographer John Alton, Minnelli matches repressed desire to expressive bursts of color, creating a work that practically throbs with buried emotion.
Screening as a part of Minnelli Widescreen