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Shvoong Home>Entertainment>Movies>Who’S Afraid of Virginia Woolf Review

Who’S Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Movie Review   by:prometeheus    
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Directed by Mike Nichols and starring the bubbly hot duo of Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Martha and George, respectively. They are ably aided by two supporting roles of Nick and Honey, played by George Segal and Sandy Dennis. The Edward Albee play sears the screen with crackling dialogue; the kind you might find only once in a hundred films. The chemistry between Taylor and Burton is undeniable as they carve each other up for almost two hours on the big screen. George Segal barely holds his own with these two and Sandy Dennis, quite frankly, is completely overwhelmed by the other three in both the film and in the world of acting. Dennis was a neurotic actress before the filming began, so it was easy for her to get into character. The action takes place on a respected university campus where the four gather for a few drinks and some polite conversation. The conversation begins to turn ugly and the group moves to a tawdry bar in the town near the university to continue drinking and dancing. Martha has a fling with Nick as George and Honey cry on each other’s shoulder as they return to the campus. The ensuing battle then begins and there are no holds barred in the dialogue. The hidden caveat in these hostilities is the inability of Martha and George to have a child, which we discover through the blood-letting arguments that take place. The film is shot in black and white and seems to be a very effective venue for this vehicle. You will be greatly relieved to leave the theatre knowing you are not married to any of these characters. Highly recommended.

Published: February 06, 2011   
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