Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Dir: Mike Nichols, 1966, bw (8.5*)
AFI Top 100
Stage director Mike Nichols makes an impressive dramatic film debut in Edward Albee’s Pulitzer prize-winning play. Elizabeth Taylor (who added quite a few pounds and won her 2nd Oscar® for best actress), and husband Richard Burton are jaded married college professors George and Martha, who are entertaining a new young professor, George Segal and his ditzy wife, Sandy Dennis (Oscar® for Supp. Actress). What starts as fun degrades into more cruel revelations and distress in this party in emotional hell. Ensemble acting doesn’t get any better than this, everyone leaves you emotionally drained. All the actors were Oscar nominated, the ladies both won, and it's likely the picture would have but was (before ratings) banned to filmgoers under 18 due to coarse language, so the Oscar went to the tame and inoffensive Sound of Music. 5 Oscars®

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These are the individual film reviews of what I'm considering the best 1000 dvds available, whether they are films, miniseries, or live concerts. Rather than rush out all 1000 at once, I'm doing them over time to allow inclusion of new releases - in fact, 2008 has the most of any year so far, 30 titles in all; that was a very good year for films, one of the best ever.



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