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Boom!

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Boom!

type:
Movie
Current Status:
In Season
mpaa:
PG
runtime:
113 minutes
performer:
Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Noel Coward
director:
Joseph Losey
author:
Tennessee Williams
genre:
Drama

We gave it a B-

Shooting on the island of Sardinia, director Joseph Losey (The Servant) managed to turn a wretched Tennessee Williams script about a dying widow (Taylor) and a freeloading poet (Burton) into one of the best-photographed awful movies ever made. Taylor wavers between demure, English-accented purring and Bronx-truck-driver screeching as she utters doggerel like ”Hot sun, cool breeze, white horses on the sea, and a big shot of vitamin B in me!” Boom! stinks, but it’s also a delicious, nostalgic memento of late-’60s auteurist pretension. B-