AFI #67 – Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf - PosterWho’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

1966

Directed by Mike Nichols

Netflix says… On a serene New England campus, emasculated professor George (Richard Burton) and his rancorous wife, Martha (Elizabeth Taylor), turn an evening of cocktails into an unrelenting onslaught of wrenching disclosures and bellowed epithets. Soon, the couple’s guests–junior professor Nick (George Segal) and his wife, Honey (Sandy Dennis)–get sucked into the vortex of the warring duo’s unbounded fury. Taylor nabbed an Oscar for her role.

Sorry, I just didn’t get this one. Maybe I wasn’t fully paying attention as I watched, but to me, it just seemed to be about a highly dysfunctional couple who only added to their gross dysfunction by ingesting mass quantities of alcohol. I did feel sorry for their friends who were forced to spend the evening with them. This film just didn’t do anything for me. I won’t be adding it to my “must buy on Bluray” list.

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