Pendragon offers Streetcar Lecture Series with John DiLeo

SARANAC LAKE – Pendragon Theatre will host a multi-media lecture series with scholar John DiLeo Sunday called “T. Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors” and on Monday titled “Streetcar is that you?: The On-Screen Imitators of William’s Masterwork.”

A book signing will follow the lectures.

John DiLeo biography

DiLeo is the author of five books about classic movies: “And You Thought You Knew Classic Movies!: 200 Quizzes for Golden Age Movie Lovers” (1999); “100 Great Film Performances You Should Remember But Probably Don’t” (2002); “Screen Savers: 40 Remarkable Movies Awaiting Rediscovery” (2007); “Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors” (2010); “Screen Savers II: My Grab Bag of Classic Movies” (2012).

DiLeo has presented his Tennessee Williams programs at the Williams festivals in Provincetown and New Orleans.

Attend a lecture and receive $5 off a ticket to a “Streetcar” performance. Tickets are $10 or free for 17 years and younger.

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Sunday, July 14, 4 p.m.

“Tenessee Williams and Company:

His Essential Screen Actors”

DiLeo revisits the Tennessee Williams films but with a twist, focusing on eleven actors who appear in morethan one of the Williams movies, an unofficial stock company of repeat players. In a companion program to his book, Tennessee Williams and Company: His Essential Screen Actors, DiLeo examines these 11 actors and their Williams roles, including Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Karl Malden, Anna Magnani, Paul Newman, Elizabeth Taylor, Joanne Woodward, Geraldine Page, Richard Burton, Mildred Dunnock, and Madeleine Sherwood.

Monday, July 15, 7 p.m.

“Streetcar … Is That You: The on-screen

imitators of Williams’ master work”

DiLeo continues his look at the films of Tennessee Williams by exploring movies that borrowed (sometimes shamelessly) from “A Streetcar Named Desire,” films both famous (“Look Back in Anger”) and obscure (“Storm Warning”).

Among the refashioned stand-ins for Blanche, Stanley, and Stella you’ll find Ginger Rogers, Doris Day, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom and Margaret Leighton. Plus a bonus of Williams-related surprises from Humphrey Bogart in “The Big Sleep,” Woody Allen and Diane Keaton in “Sleeper” and Meryl Streep in “Death Becomes Her.”