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Summary: The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable (Hepburn) dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine (Taylor). What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. (imdb)
Compelling mixture of psychological drama and mystery, unfortunately mired by some hokeyness. I don't want to give too much away. I'll just say that there are two revelations in the story: one is very powerful and controversial, the other is just completely bizarre and out of left field. It's Taylor's performance (besides a couple of overdone bits) and some great Williams lines that make the movie. I hated the score, drenched in violins. I also found the repetition of the title rather annoyi
Relentlessly stagey and talky, the film is also a lot of fun. The whole affair is pretty trashy. This adaptation makes a viewer think that Williams is wickedly aware of this. Taylor, likely too strong, forceful of a personality for her manipulated character, nonetheless walks away with the film. Her final expository scenes are delicious.
Irresistably lurid melodrama. Clift is in here, in post-crash form, which is probably a good thing, cause had he been at the top of his game, the film would have probably caught fire. Tayler and Hepburn are explosive and you can not take your eyes of either. The later in particular is given oodles of overbaked, high camp dialogue and (of course) delivers it in perfect pitch. Overcomes its stagy origins to become an outstanding "bad film".
I thought this was a pretty amazing film. It presents a pretty scary image of insanity and medical science at times. The film is all dialogue and itís beautifully written. It almost seems like poetry. The performances from Elizabeth Taylor and Katherine Hepburn were stellar. Add a wonderfully dramatic score and some fantastic imagery and youíve got one absolutely brilliant film.
An unusual story for its time but having powerful performances that really carry the plot along. Mrs Venables is particularly unpleasant but entirely believeable. If you're looking for something classy but slightly unusual then this is worth viewing.
I really enjoyed this movie, interesting story, great acting, and everything. But, I think it needed to give us more about the character Sebastian, the way he's described by the other characters doesn't reveal enough about him. Overall, an intriguing movie.
An adaptation graced with great performances but is dumbfounding in how strange it gets, a strangeness far too lurid for the presentation of the story, creating an erratic beast too weird for its own good.