Monday, June 4, 2018

Essential Liz June 20-29 at the Quad Cinemas

The Quad announces a 20-film retrospective celebrating the dazzling two-time Oscar-winning actress and bonafide superstar Elizabeth Taylor

With sixteen 35mm prints, highlights range from classics like National Velvet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butterfield 8, and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, to the rarely screened Ash Wednesday, The Comedians, The Sandpiper, and more!

An actor first and then foremost a star, Elizabeth Taylor reached highs throughout—and well beyond—the Golden Age of Hollywood. Possessed of striking beauty including but hardly limited to, as cartoonist Garry Trudeau aptly wrote, “violet eyes to die for,” Taylor made her debut in 1942 at age 10. Her talent was evident and her impact upon audiences and industry was instantaneous, inviting choruses of “Who’s that girl?” Soon she was renegotiating her contract with MGM and America’s exhibitors had named her a Star of Tomorrow; by 1961, she was the theater owners’ choice as Top Box Office Star. Taylor’s dramatic screen performances (which earned her two Best Actress Academy Awards) riveted the world, which hungrily consumed gossip on her personal life of multiple marriages, infidelities, divorces, remarriage, births, losses, AIDS activism, and much more. Through it all, she forged a filmography that spanned the sublime to the ridiculous. This retrospective includes a number of rarely screened works and offers proof aplenty that great performances and movie stardom need not be mutually exclusive.

Image courtesy Everett Collection
Ash Wednesday
Larry Peerce, 1973, U.S., 99m, 35mm
Joseph Losey, 1968, UK, 113m, 35mm
Butterfield 8
Daniel Mann, 1960, U.S., 109m, 35mm
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Richard Brooks, 1959, U.S., 108m, 35mm
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1963, U.S./UK/Switzerland, 192m, DCP
The Comedians
Peter Glenville, 1967, France/Bermuda/U.S., 150m, 35mm
The Driver's Seat
Giuseppe Patroni Griffi, 1974, Italy, 102m, 35mm
Father of the Bride
Vincente Minnelli, 1950, U.S., 93m, 35mm
George Stevens, 1956, U.S., 201m, DCP
National Velvet
Clarence Brown, 1944, U.S., 124m, 35mm
The Only Game in Town
George Stevens, 1970, U.S., 113m, 35mm
A Place in the Sun
George Stevens, 1951, U.S., 122m, 35mm
Reflections in a Golden Eye
John Huston, 1967, U.S., 108m, 35mm
The Sandpiper
Vincente Minnelli, 1965, U.S., 116m, 35mm
Secret Ceremony
Joseph Losey, 1968, UK, 109m, 35mm
Suddenly Last Summer
Joseph L. Mankiewicz, 1959, UK/U.S., 114m, DCP
The Taming of the Shrew
Franco Zeffirelli, 1967, Italy/U.S., 123m, DCP
The V.I.P.s
Anthony Asquith, 1963, UK, 119m, 35mm
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
Mike Nichols, 1966, U.S., 130m, 35mm
X, Y and Zee (aka Zee and Company)
Brian G. Hutton, 1972, UK, 110m, 35mm

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