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5.0 out of 5 stars An alternative view, 7 Feb 2010
This review is from: Boom! [DVD] (DVD)
I find it sad that all the Liz-and-Dick hype still obfuscates what is in fact a very fine film of a very worthwhile piece. Much was said at the time about the miscasting of the two leads, Taylor being too young and healthy and Burton being too old for roles previously played by Tallulah Bankhead and Tab Hunter in New York. Such observations are quickly rendered irrelevant when one considers that Taylor, even then, had in fact already been through at least one life-threatening illness and a similar number of marriages as her character; this is one of the few times (and perhaps the last time) where her offscreen life did not interfere with audience credulity; Burton's poet is clearly established as being somewhat past his prime: There is nothing wrong with their casting. Williams's play contains some of his most poignant and piercing dialogue: Nothing compares to the duel between the two characters in the last 15 minutes, and Taylor and Burton deliver the poetry sharply. Almost the equal as a film to Virginia Wolf, the combination of two performers at the peak of their ability in a master work results in a profound and moving experience that becomes more profound and more moving on repeat viewings.
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