“This Property Is Condemned: Story of Unfulfilled Fate”
“This Property Is Condemned: Story of Unfulfilled Fate” is a 1966 film directed by Sydney Pollack. It is based on the eponymous play by Tennessee Williams. The picture is set in a small town in the American South during the Great Depression. The main character is a young girl named Alva Starr. She lives with her mother and her sister in a rundown house. Their father has left them long ago. Alva is in love with a boy named Tom, but he is dating another girl named Alma. One day, Alva meet a man named Owen Legate who has come to town to condemn the house where she lives. They begin an affair and Alva starts dreaming of leaving the town with Owen. However, her plans are thwarted when Alma becomes pregnant and Tom marries her. Alva’s mother also gets married and she is forced to stay in the town. She becomes depressed and starts drinking heavily. Her relationship with Owen also falls apart. Finally, Alva decides to leave town with JJ, one of her mother’s many change of partners.
2. Themes and symbols
The themes of the film include unfulfilled dreams, trapped in a small town, and the need for escape. The symbols include the rundown house, Alva’s mother’s many change of partners, and Alma’s pregnancy.
3. The author’s message
The author’s message of the film lies in the fact that further personal development is impossible in the small town. Everyone is trapped there by their past and their relationships with other people. The only way to escape is to leave town.
“This Property Is Condemned: Story of Unfulfilled Fate” is a film about the need for escape from a small town. The author’s message is that further personal development is impossible in the small town.