Gay literary icons Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams will be highlighted in a new film coming this year.
The documentary Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation, starring Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto, has been acquired for North American distribution by Kino Lorber and will be released later this summer.
Truman and Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation tells the story of classic American authors Truman Capote and Tennessee Williams. Voiceover for the two literary giants was done by Parsons, as Capote, and Quinto, as Williams. In the doc, filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland explores Capote and Williams’ “loves, fears, artistic achievements, friendship and sexualities through archival materials and film clips,” according to Deadline.
Vreeland says that for the film, they “created an intimate tête à tête with these two great literary giants, using their words and works to demonstrate their rich imaginary worlds, their passions, their love affairs, and their celebrity…and ultimately the price they paid for success and fame.”
Tennessee Williams is considered one of the great American playwrights. He won two Pulitzers, one for A Streetcar Named Desire, and one for Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. He also won a Tony for The Rose Tattoo. Williams was born in Mississippi, but did much of his writing from the French Quarter of New Orleans, where he moved in 1939.
Capote is known for his short stories and novellas like Breakfast at Tiffany’s, as well as for being one of the fathers of the true crime genre, with his “nonfiction novel” In Cold Blood. For the book he interviewed a murderer in rural Kansas who had killed a family.
Both Parsons and Quinto recently starred in Ryan Murphy’s all-gay cast adaptation of The Boys in The Band last year. Parsons also starred in Murphy’s early movie industry historical fiction series Hollywood, for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe. Quinto has also appeared in Murphy’s American Horror Story anthology. He is currently set to star in and produce Secret Court, an upcoming scripted podcast about the Harvard Gay Purge of 1920, when the university formed a secret court in order to find and expel gay students.
The movie premiered at the 2020 Telluride Film Festival and will be released in June of this year.