Monday, March 12, 2012
wicked wears well
edward albee wrote an amazing play called 'who's afraid of virginia woolf?' it was made into an unforgettable film, if watching burton and taylor rip one another's guts out in front of two young innocents sounds like an experience worth remembering.
i first saw the film on t.v. while staying in london in the mid eighties. i was transfixed. yes, transfixed. i have seen the movie plenty of times since. it is a crying shame that burton did not win an oscar along with elizabeth for his astonishingly great performance. apparently hollywood was not a fan of this rough welshman sweeping in and carrying 'their' princess off into his world. who says the academy is not political?
elizabeth chose stage director mike nichols to direct. she could pick 'em. check out his early days makin' movies:
1971 Carnal Knowledge
1967 The Graduate
1966 Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
there have been t.v. versions in both 1985 and 1995. i doubt i will look for them.
today is the playwright's birthday!
photos: mike nichols/elizabeth, richard. and one of their unfortunate victims, george segal.