Cinema: Imaginary People, Real Hearts

The Night of the Iguana. All horseplay and no headwork, the gossips sneered, will surely make John a dull picture. But Director Huston (Freud), as often before, has saucily tweaked the bluenoses. In ten wild weeks at a sunny place for shady people on Mexico's spectacular west coast, Huston and company put together a picture that excites the senses, persuades the mind, and even occasionally speaks to the spirit—one of the best movies ever made from a Tennessee Williams play.

Yes, there's a send-'em-home-happy ending, but otherwise the script is admirably loyal to...

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