I recently watched Woody Allen’s latest movie, Wonder Wheel. I loved the movie and my first impression was a possible influence by Tennessee Williams's works, especially regarding the main character Ginny.

Does anyone agree on this? Did other users notice Tennessee Williams' style in depicting the main character?


I have not seen the film, but I have read a few reviews that believe, YES, Woody Allen is continiously obsessed with A Street Car Named Desire...

Here are three reviews that observe Tennesee Williams influences:

Woody Allen seems increasingly haunted by the Tennessee Williams play “A Streetcar Named Desire.” The basic situation of that Williams classic was reused for Allen’s “Blue Jasmine,” which won Cate Blanchett an Oscar, and it is repurposed again (but somewhat transposed) for “Wonder Wheel,” a film about a frustrated woman in 1950s Coney Island named Ginny (Kate Winslet)...

Blanchett got her Oscar for “Blue Jasmine” because Allen gave her the opportunity to break down and mentally unravel in a colorfully histrionic fashion in practically every scene. He has given Winslet a similar assignment and opportunity here, and she enters whole-heartedly into many demanding long takes where Ginny reveals her dashed hopes and her strident needs. This is a weak, sometimes deluded woman at the end of her tether who nearly always has a headache, and her desperation when it comes to holding on to Mickey’s affections starts to become very overbearing as the film goes on... https://www.thewrap.com/wonder-wheel-review-woody-allen-kate-winslet-justin-timberlake/

If you watch a Woody Allen movie one of the first things that you can catch early on is how much the man LOOOOOOVES Tennessee Williams for a lot of his films have the narrative elements of a Williams play. This man is trying so hard to be Tennessee Williams for every single movie that has to deal with an affair; this ultimately becomes ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ like every single film Allen made the last ten years. What makes this film egregious on top of the familiar narrative that we've seen a million times is the additional nonessential layers added so that it won’t be viewed as a ‘Streetcar’ knockoff. http://www.rendyreviews.com/movies//wonder-wheel-review

Woody Allen's last feature, Café Society, was an amiably forgettable assembly of recycled nostalgia, redeemed by a luminous performance from Kristen Stewart. His new film, Wonder Wheel, rummages in the more recent archives, repackaging elements of one of the prolific writer-director's most acclaimed late-period works, Blue Jasmine. While theatrical references are batted about to Chekhov, Shakespeare, O'Neill and the Greeks, this visually luscious, 1950s-set melodrama is mostly ersatz Tennessee Williams, this time around with Kate Winslet as the tragic Blanche DuBois stand-in. Her boldly unfettered performance keeps you watching, even if underlying sourness, tonal uncertainty and a key casting misstep diminish the effectiveness of this Amazon Studios release, likely cramping its box office. https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/wonder-wheel-review-nyff-2017-1047865

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  • As a fan of other WA films, I would agree that many of them are Williams-esque and so, I coud easily believe in the influence in this one too. – Darth Locke Jan 8 '18 at 21:40
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    and who can forget Sleeper – Strawberry Jan 8 '18 at 22:04
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    Yes, Blue Jasmine’s character is certainly also along that line , but it didn’t cross my mind when I watched the movie. Probably the ‘50s scenery of Wonder Wheel is closer to Tennessee Williams’s atmospheres. – user070221 Jan 8 '18 at 22:06
  • I think there are also other influences and probably "wooden allen tropes" too, so it's just a matter of how one is looking at it, but I agree with your comments @user159691 – Darth Locke Jan 8 '18 at 22:36

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