Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pick of the Day: Suddenly, Last Summer at The Belcourt

Posted By on Sat, Jul 2, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Suddenly, Last Summer
When: July 2-3
Where: The Belcourt

Even by the standards of the decade that produced Vertigo, Mickey Spillane and The Killer Inside Me, the plot of Tennessee Williams’ 1958 Southern Gothic is lurid hysteria: It only starts with ruthless greed, quasi-incestuous gay procurement and the threat of forced lobotomy, saving cannibalism and Dionysian frenzy for a big finish.

Elizabeth Taylor plays the traumatized patient under the study of surgeon Montgomery Clift; Katharine Hepburn is the wealthy aunt who’d rather see her turned into a vegetable than have her tell the truth about the horrors she witnessed on her European jaunt with her dear, dead cousin Sebastian. Joseph L. Mankiewicz directed this 1959 cinematic expansion of Williams’ one-act, adapted by the playwright and Gore Vidal; it screens this weekend in The Belcourt’s “Reflections in a Violet Eye” salute to the late Taylor.

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