Night Watch (1973 Britain)

Ellen Wheeler (Elizabeth Taylor) is stuck in a loveless marriage with John Wheeler (Laurence Harvey). There’s also a deserted mansion right next door to her. One dark and stormy night she sees a dead body in that house. She’s terrified and calls the police. They come but find nothing. Her husband and best friend Sarah (Billie Whitelaw) try to convince her she was seeing things but she’s positive it was there. Soon she can’t sleep or eat and is slowly going mad. The viewer may also be driven mad by the pace of this flick: its slower than a broken clock. And that describes about the first eighty minutes of running time. So be patient.  [Read more…]

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Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (USA 1966)

whos-afraid-of-virginia-woolf-01-1Richard Burton used to reach over to Elizabeth Taylor during off-camera moments, take her breasts in his hands, and squeeze them like antique car horns, making “honk! honk!” noises. Dirty bastard. So he must have relished some of the lines he had to utter in this cinematic tour-de-force: “Well dear, if I kissed you I’d get all excited. Then I’d have to take you, by force, right here on the living room rug.” Liz and Dick were married in real life and it was reported that they had similar encounters with Jack Daniels and boisterous ‘conversations’ at home, so this should have been a walk-in-the-park acting job for both of them. [Read more…]

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