Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Suddenly, Last Summer

Contrary to recent movie-titling trends, Suddenly, Last Summer is not a movie in which teenagers get killed in increasingly unlikely ways. Rather, it is a Tennessee Williams play that has been turned into a movie in which Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor act crazy at each other in increasingly over-the-top fashion. It's a lot of fun, although honestly, it's so over the top that the movie started to remind me of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. I think it was the way that Hepburn made her appearance in a gaudy elevator that lowered her into the living room.

There was apparently some negotiation with the Breen office over exactly how much this one dead character's homosexuality could be mentioned. The official answer was "not at all", but it's pretty clear that that was the scandal everyone's alluding to. The fact that his bedroom is full of male nudes and a giant painting of Saint Sebastian kind of gives it away. Plus, you know, it's a Tennessee Williams movie (adapted by Williams and, of all people, Gore Vidal!). If you like long monologues by crazy women, this is the movie for you!

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