U.S., 1966, 131 min, Dir. Mike Nichols, Rated R for intense scenes of assault, sexual references, language, intense alcohol consumption, and violence
“One of the most scathingly honest American films ever made.” - New York Times
The invitation read: You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games. With Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor inhabiting the roles that became synonymous with their names in the sixties, you're asked to kick back and watch the vitriol flow in this matrimonial battle of the sexes waged in the confines of academia. Credit screenwriter Ernest Lehman (Sabrina, Sweet Smell of Success, North by Northwest) and Mike Nichols (behind the camera for the first time), with bringing Edward Albee's chef d'œuvre to gloriously raunchy life. As Stanley Kauffmann wrote in The New York Times: "The best American play of the last decade and a candidly violent one, has been brought to the screen without pussyfooting. This in itself makes it a notable event in our film history." Nominated in every Oscar category for which it was eligible (thirteen!), Ms. Taylor took home the gold as did supporting actress Sandy Dennis, art director Richard Sylbert, cinematographer Haskell Wexler, and costume designer Irene Sharaff. "And in its forthright dealing with the play," Kauffmann concluded, "this becomes one of the most scathingly honest American films ever made."
The Gables Cinema joins forces with our friends across the street, Books & Books, to bring you Great Adaptations: From Page to Screen, free lunchtime film screenings that highlight the connection between great books and films, on Wednesdays at 1:00 pm, unless otherwise noted.