Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
|Top Genres||Drama, Film Adaptation|
|Top Topics||Alcohol, Based on Play, Marriage|
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Overview:
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Mike Nichols and produced by Ernest Lehman.
Here is a blistering dissection of the compromises, hidden and not-so-hidden animosities, and ultimate acceptance that make marriage merely a detente in the war between men and women. Nichols's debut as director couldn't have been more auspicious as he applied theatrical experience to Albee's scandalous Broadway success and managed the notoriously combative Burtons to their finest work on-screen. The bitter recriminations begin shortly after 2 a.m. and end at dawn as a tweedy, ineffectual professor and his braying wife (Burton and Taylor) welcome the preppy new prof and his wispy wife (Segal and Dennis) to their home for a nightcap. The following hours are a foul-mouthed, drunken brawl of lust and disappointments that ends with the knowledge that the characters need the emotional roughhousing simply to feel anything at all. An astonishing feat for the actors, the director, and for cinematographer Wexler, who makes his camera waltz and duck punches.
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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was inducted into the National Film Registry in 2013.
Academy Awards 1966 --- Ceremony Number 39 (source: AMPAS)
|Best Actor||Richard Burton||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actor||George Segal||Nominated|
|Best Actress||Elizabeth Taylor||Won|
|Best Supporting Actress||Sandy Dennis||Won|
|Best Art Direction||Art Direction: Richard Sylbert; Set Decoration: George James Hopkins||Won|
|Best Cinematography||Haskell Wexler||Won|
|Best Costume Design||Irene Sharaff||Won|
|Best Director||Mike Nichols||Nominated|
|Best Film Editing||Sam O'Steen||Nominated|
|Best Music - Scoring||Alex North||Nominated|
|Best Picture||Ernest Lehman, Producer||Nominated|
|Best Writing||Ernest Lehman||Nominated|
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George: So are you.
George: You take the trouble to construct a civilization, to build a society based on the principles of... of principle. You make government and art and realize that they are, must be, both the same. You bring things to the saddest of all points, to the point where there is something to lose. Then, all at once, through all the music, through all the sensible sounds of men building, attempting, comes the Dies Irae. And what is it? What does the trumpet sound? Up yours.
Martha: You make me puke.
George: That wasn't a very nice thing to say, Martha.
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Richard Burton celebrated his 40th birthday on the set of the film where spouse Elizabeth Taylor presented him with a white 1966 Oldsmobile Toronado.
According to director Mike Nichols, producer/screenwriter Ernest Lehman had written a different ending for the film where George and Martha's son had hung himself in the closet years before. Nichols refused to shoot it.
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