I just watched this film for the first time last night. I know that it's been on 500 times in the past year and that it apparently seems to be a holiday classic (at least in TCM's eyes, lol).
I could see it being holiday related-- there are probably people whose family holiday festivities are reduced to drunken arguing.
But I digress.
I've read quite a few people on this message board say that they don't like this film because it's basically two hours of people yelling. Which I can see their viewpoint.
However, call me crazy, but I really liked it. Granted, I don't think it's a film I could just pop in at any time, I'd have to be in the mood to watch it and really pay attention; but I really liked it. Elizabeth Taylor was really good--quite a different Elizabeth Taylor than I'm used to. I had never seen Burton in a film before. He was excellent as well. I liked George Segal's performance. I can't say I'm a fan of Sandy Dennis. While she was good in the film, I don't know, I found her kind of annoying. I can't really explain why either.
This film had so much going on I feel like it will require a second viewing. I couldn't figure out the significance of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton repeatedly singing "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" to each other. I loved the cinematography-- such interesting camera angles and I liked the grittiness of how the film looked.
I also want to see the Bette Davis/Joseph Cotten film that Elizabeth Taylor was describing at the beginning-- Beyond the Forest I believe is what it is called. It is the film where Bette Davis utters her immortal line: "What a dump!" Plus the film is a film noir, makes it even more intriguing.
"It's not an old movie if you haven't seen it." -Lauren Bacall
"A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down your pants." -Ted Baxter on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show"
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