HAIL CLEOPATRA! QUEEN OF THE NILE & QUEEN OF ’60S STYLE

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

THE TABLOID TROUBLES OF TAYLOR & BURTON

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

GOODBYE GODDESS: ELIZABETH TAYLOR 1932-2011

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

Happy Birthday Joseph Losey!

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!

My Top 20 Favorite Films of 1968

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

Burton’s First Encounter with Taylor

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)

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 million dollar salaries of the film's two stars (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton) … Continue reading Joseph Losey’s Boom! (1968)

Richard Burton’s Doctor Faustus (1967)

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)