Sunday, August 26, 2012

Suddenly Last Summer

There are so many new films that come out monthly, that it is often difficult to find the time to explore old films. However, there are some great older films worth your time, and will address them in this blog from time to time. This week let's talk about Suddenly Last Summer, starring Katherine Hepburn, Liz Taylor and Montgomery Clift.

The play was written by Tennessee Williams, adapted for the screen by Gore Vidal, who recently passed away.

The films synopsis according to IMDB is "The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable (Katherine Hepburn), dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine (Liz Taylor). What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth."

If you're a fan of Katherine Hepburn, this is a must-see film; one of the great acting achievements of her career; the entire cast was superb. 

What is striking about this film is the subject matter. Remember, it was produced in 1959, directed by
Joseph L. Mankiewicz (who also directed films such as All About Eve, Cleopatra, Guys and Dolls, and The Barefoot Contessa). 

Hepburn portrays a woman so out of touch with reality, and so convincingly, that it's memorizing to watch the film just for her contribution. 

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