In the late 1950s, Britain was a country in transition. The destruction caused by two world wars remained evident but the economy was booming and unemployment was at an all-time low. Popular music was bringing diverse groups of individuals together and creating a sense of unity among the youth. Despite the overall prosperity, the stark … Continue reading ANGRY CINEMA: THE BRITISH NEW WAVE
This week the 50th Anniversary of CLEOPATRA (1963) is being celebrated at the Cannes Film Festival where a digitally restored print of the film is making its debut. This will be followed by a limited theatrical release and a new lavish double-disc Blu-ray set that’s arriving in stores on May 28th. The film has been marred in … Continue reading HAIL CLEOPATRA! QUEEN OF THE NILE & QUEEN OF ’60S STYLE
By now you’ve probably heard about LIZ & DICK(2012), a heavily publicized made for television movie produced by the Lifetime Network that dramatically retold the story of how Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton met, fell in love and married not once, but twice. I’m extremely fond of both Taylorand Burton and I’ve written about them frequently but I had … Continue reading THE TABLOID TROUBLES OF TAYLOR & BURTON
Some women like men who drive fast cars; others prefer men with an athletic build while some find a uniform irresistible. Me? I appreciate a good pair of spectacles.
Elizabeth Taylor has always been one of my favorite actresses. She was an incredible natural beauty. Arguably the most beautiful actress Hollywood ever produced but she was also a brilliant performer when she wanted to be. She dominated almost every film she ever appeared in even when that film wasn’t particularly worthy of her larger … Continue reading GOODBYE GODDESS: ELIZABETH TAYLOR 1932-2011
Two of my favorite people: Director Joseph Losey & actor Dirk Bogarde Today marks what would have been Joseph Losey's 102 birthday. Unfortunately very few of us live that long and Losey died in 1984 at age 75. Lately critics around the world seem to be rediscovering his work and rethinking their opinion of the … Continue reading Happy Birthday Joseph Losey!
Yesterday was Elizabeth Taylor's 77th birthday. Last year I wasn't able to properly complete my tribute to Taylor and I never finished writing about a few of her films that I want to cover here sooner or later, but today I thought I'd offer up a few brief thoughts about her 1973 film, Ash Wednesday. … Continue reading Ash Wednesday (1973)
At the Britannica blog Raymond Benson has finished listing off his Top 10 Favorite Films of 1968 so if you're interested in the final results stop by and give them a look. I've mentioned on numerous occasions how much I dislike making lists of favorite films myself since they're limited by what I've seen and … Continue reading My Top 20 Favorite Films of 1968
I recently stumbled across this fascinating description of Richard Burton's first meeting with Elizabeth Taylor written by Burton himself and borrowed from his book Meeting Mrs. Jenkins (1966). I enjoyed reading it so much that I just had to share it. Not only is it an amazing read but it's also a great showcase for … Continue reading Burton’s First Encounter with Taylor
Joseph Losey's Boom! (1968) is one of the most famously criticized and misunderstood films from the late sixties. Its original $3.9 million dollar budget ballooned into 10 million by the time shooting stopped and that money was mainly used to pay the enormous salaries of the film's two stars (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) and … Continue reading Joseph Losey’s Boom! (1968)
In 1967 Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton were at the height of their shared fame following the success of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and The Taming of the Shrew (1967). Both films had been well received by critics and audiences loved seeing the two actors on screen together in fictional marriages that many … Continue reading Richard Burton’s Doctor Faustus (1967)
She’s been married eight times to seven different men. She was condemned by the Vatican for her “erotic vagrancy.” She’s received two Academy Awards, four Golden Globes and one Razzie. She saved Montgomery Clift’s life in 1956. She’s given countless millions to charity. Andy Warhol turned her likeness into art and Mattel turned her likeness … Continue reading A Tribute to Taylor
Genevieve Bujold as Anne Boleyn, 1969 I have a confession to make. I love British historical dramas. In fact, I'm a bit obsessed with British history in general, and one of my favorite historical dramas is Anne of the Thousand Days (1969, dir. Charles Jarrott) which is finding its way onto NTSC Region-1 DVD for … Continue reading DVD of the Week: Anne of the Thousand Days
This is the second part of my 30 Favorite DVD Releases of 2006 list that I've been slowly working on putting together. You can find Part I. here. Please keep in mind that these are all official NTSC Region 1 DVDs originally released between 1960 and 1979 and the numerical order means absolutely nothing except … Continue reading Favorite DVD Releases of 2006 – Part II.