Featured image: Director and producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland. (Courtesy of Kino Lorber.)
Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation gives a great idea of the work, lives and personal journeys of both Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams as friends and sort-of “frenemies.” It’s told through archive footage and a great score, but director and producer Lisa Immordino Vreeland also tells the story through Truman and Tennessee’s words.
That’s where the film feels like performance art, as Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto are cast as Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams, respectively, to narrate the film. Often, their voices are heard over B-roll and archive footage in unique visuals.
It’s a unique experience and unlike other documentaries I’ve seen, especially with that aspect of Parsons and Quinto embodying these literary figures. As well, for someone like me who didn’t know that much about Truman Capote and next to nothing about Tennessee Williams going in, I found it accessible as Vreeland organizes the information with great flow as we track the writers’ lives.
I was able to speak with Lisa Immordino Vreeland about her documentary on this episode of my podcast The Filmcraziest Show. In our conversation, we chat about her inspiration to tell the story and the fun of the research, gathering all the archive footage and learning about Tennessee Williams. We also chat about Truman Capote’s jealousy and painting a picture of the characters that’s accessible to different generations. As well, we talk about the visuals and score of the film, getting Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto for the film, and more in between.
You can find the conversation directly below to listen to it, go here to download it, and you can also watch the conversation on YouTube below.
Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation was released into select theatres on June 18, and you can click here for a list of theatres to watch the film in virtual theatres.