In The Fugitive Kind Tennessee Williams shows us the lust for and adoration of brutality and spiritual deadness of the respected leaders of a southern community. The film is set in the late 1950’s but, for those who have eyes to see, the film could be set anywhere in America and could be about events today. The film is a paradox because it is realistic in a way that is hard at times to take and simultaniously, at times, utterly lyrical and innocent. You have never seen anything like this before. I havn’t. All the acting is exceptional. Anna Magnani is beyond that, she is a force of nature, the power of the Mediterranean woman, almost, as it were, a diety, come to life in this age. The film is authentically “art”: an intuitive, transformation of the world around us by the playwright, the seer who was aware of the attraction our society has to the power to sufficate life.