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This Property Is Condemned

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It’s a shame that post-’50s Tennessee Williams film adaptations depended so often on the kindness of strangers. The script for This Property Is Condemned was ”suggested” by a Williams one-act and cowritten by Francis Coppola. Natalie Wood, achingly expressive as a rooming-house flirt pushed into virtual whoredom by her mother, makes a fine Blanche DuBois clone. But if you really want to see Williams articulate the link between spurned love and promiscuity, get A Streetcar Named Desire. C+

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