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When literature is transformed into film it goes through a process known as cinematic mutation This process could not be more noticeable in the production of Tennessee Williams Cat on a Hot Tin Roof This playwright and later blockbuster film is based on the inner conflicts of honesty love and greed There is a great deal of narrative refraction in the screenplay by Richard Brooks and James Poe Some major thematic modifications in the film include Brick Pollitts sexuality issue a transcreation of Big Daddys character and the addition of visual dimension Cat on a Hot Tin Roof involves various crises during a time era where lack of communication leads to a lonely embarrassed society The play plunges into a forbidden subject when main character Brick Pollitt is forced to deal with sexuality issues Brick Pollitt is an ex-football star drowning his self-pity in alcohol He constantly repels his wife and everyone else for a number of obscure reasons In the book it is strongly implied that Brick had sexual relations with his deceased friend Skipper He is disgusted with himself because he believes that anyone who is a pro football player should be masculine and heterosexual In the book Brick has a long conversation with his father Big Daddy concerning his newfound love for liquor since his best friend Skipper committed suicide Big Daddy discretely implies that Brick and Skipper had sexual relations He tries to show sympathy towards the situation but Brick immediately lashes out at him Brick resorts to a heartless act revealing that the family has been lying to Big Daddy about his terminal illness Once Big Daddy realizes he is going to die and that the family has deceived him he bolts from the room crying He no longer appears in the play In the screenplay by Brooks and Poe the issue of Bricks sexuality is much less discussed In 1958 Hollywood would not allow sexual subjects sensitive to
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