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Media Advisory — May 31, 2011

Harry Ransom Center Hosts "Tennessee Williams Film Series"

Film Still

Film still from "A Streetcar Named Desire" (1951)

EVENT: The Harry Ransom Center presents the "Tennessee Williams Film Series" throughout the summer.

WHEN: 7 p.m., various dates in June and July

WHERE: Harry Ransom Center, 21st and Guadalupe streets

BACKGROUND: The "Tennessee Williams Film Series" highlights films showcased in the "Becoming Tennessee Williams" exhibition. Featuring more than 250 items, the exhibition draws on the Ransom Center's extensive collection of Williams manuscripts, correspondence, photographs and artwork to explore the idea, act and process of artistic creation, illuminating how Thomas Lanier Williams became Tennessee Williams.

The Ransom Center's Charles Nelson Prothro Theater has limited seating. Line forms upon arrival of the first person, and doors open 30 minutes in advance. Patrons are encouraged to visit the galleries, which are open until 7 p.m. on Thursdays, before attending the screenings.

The following films will be screened in the series:

June 9: Elia Kazan's "A Streetcar Named Desrie" (1951), starring Vivien Leigh and Marlo Brando.

June 23: "Cat on Hot Tin Roof" (1958), directed by Richard Brooks and starring Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman.

July 7: Elia Kazan's "Baby Doll" (1956), starring Karl Malden, Carroll Baker and Eli Wallach.

July 21: "Sweet Bird of Youth" (1962), directed by Richard Brooks and starring Paul Newman, Geraldine Page and Shirley Knight.

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