Night of the Iguana is November's film, and the second in our series of films directed by John Huston. Starring Richard Burton, Ava Gardner, Deborah Kerr, and Sue Lyon, it tells the tale of a defrocked Episcopal clergyman named Reverend Dr. T. Lawrence Shannon, played to perfection by Richard Burton, who leads a bus-load of middle-aged Baptist women on a tour of the Mexican coast (around Puerto Vallarta). The group's leader, Judith Fellowes, is keeping a close eye on her teenage ward, Charlotte Goodall, who definitely has an interest in the former priest. Grayson Hall who plays Judith was nominated for both an Oscar and a Golden Globe as Best Supporting Actress for this role.
Shannon strands them at a remote hotel run by his good friend Maxine Faulk (Ava Gardner - who was also nominated for a Golden Globe for this performance.) It's the arrival of Hannah Jelkes and her elderly grandfather that has the greatest impact however in Shannon's journey to comes to terms with the failure haunting his life. Huston himself, was also nominated for a Best Director Golden Globe.
Time magazine said "Huston and company put together a picture that excites the senses, persuades the mind, and even occasionally speaks to the spirit—one of the best movies ever made from a Tennessee Williams play." Come join us in seeing & talking about this modern classic film on Monday, November 24th @ 6:00 p.m. in Meeting Room B.
(Picture of Tenessee Williams in Puerto Vallarta for the filming of The Night of the Iguana; Courtesy of Life Magazine)