Friday, September 5, 2008

"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" (1966, Dir: Mike Nichols)

The definitive tragicomedy of the 20th century: they just don't make them like this anymore. The acting is transcendent and the direction is stunning and all the more powerful considering that this was Mike Nichols' first picture. That the film manages to stay generally free of staginess is a miraculous feat.

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor spew vitriol like it's nobody's business. Sandy Dennis does a great job of showing that Honey may just be more adept at manipulation than anyone realizes. George Segal does very well with the least distinctive character, but he isn't any opportunities to really command the screen the way Burton, Taylor and Dennis do.

Great film, a classic.

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