Monday, 18 August 2014

Quelque chose de Tennessee

Marie's homage to Tennessee Williams

There must be good reasons for classics to be classics. Reading A Streetcar Named Desire I caught myself wishing it would never stop. The inherent beauty of every line, the essence of something mesmerising, which makes it hard to close the book. And I was wondering if all good things came out of tormented souls like the one of Tennessee Williams.

Vivien Leigh and Marlon Brandon in A Streetcar Named Desire

“I don't want realism. I want magic! Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don't tell the truth, I tell what ought to be the truth. And it that's sinful, then let me be damned for it!”  A Streetcar Named Desire

“How beautiful it is and how easily it can be broken.” The Glass Menagerie
“There's a time for departure even when there's no certain place to go.” 

“They told me to take a streetcar named Desire and then transfer to one called Cemeteries and ride six blocks and get off at - Elysian Fields!”  A Streetcar Named Desire

“And funerals are pretty compared to deaths.”  A Streetcar Named Desire

“My only point, the only point that I'm making, is life has got to be allowed to continue even after the dream of life is--all--over....”  Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

“As for me, no one will ever love me. But you could get used to me, couldn't you, Jimmy?” 

And then I remembered that song, homage to Tennessee Williams, by Johnny Halliday (written by Michel Berger). I'm not a fan of Johnny in general but there are a few of his songs I really like, and this is one of them. Maybe I also like it because of the fake american setting of the video which is actually quite charming. Enjoy!


  1. Someone with great sense of humor just told me I should forget about Tennessee and stick with comic books :-)) that made me smile more than anything has today. And made me order more Tennessee books!! Next is Henry Miller :-))

  2. The couple nextdoor have a little dog named Stella, I can't but think of SND everytime they call her.