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A film that pushed boundaries in 1966 - brilliant work of art - a superb acting Elizabeth Taylor
on 30 May 2008
The movie is a 1966 film adaptation of the play of the same name by Edward Albee. It was the first film directed by Mike Nichols, and starred Elizabeth Taylor as Martha and Richard Burton as George, with George Segal as Nick and Sandy Dennis as Honey.The film version differs slightly from the play. The play features only four characters, while in the film there are two other minor characters
George, a disillusioned academic, and Martha, his caustic wife, have just come home from a faculty party. When a handsome young professor and his mousy wife stop by for a nightcap, an innocent night of fun and games quickly turns dark and dangerous. Long-buried resentment and rage are unleashed as George and Martha turn their rapier-sharp wits against each other, using their guests as pawns in their verbal sparring. By night's end, the secrets of both couples are uncovered and the lies they cling to are exposed.
14 Oscar nominations and 5 Oscar wins, including Elizabeth Taylor as Best Actress in a Leading Role give alraedy a clear indictaion that this is an outstanding movie.The choice of Taylor -- at the time regarded as one of the most beautiful women in the world, to play the frumpy, fifty-ish Martha surprised many, but the actress gained thirty pounds for the role and her performance.The film was considered groundbreaking for having a level of profanity and sexual implication unheard of at that time. Of course, that is not any longer the case. But the acting remains superb. Taylor & Burton were a couple in life and their ups and downs, two divorces and marriages cannot forgotten and deliver the background for thsi movie. One can imagine scenes likes this in their own lives. Elizabeth Taylor's stunning beaty will never be forgotten, but one should always remember she was and is a first rated actress.