Monday, 10 December 2018

Raintree County

Directed by Edward Dmytryk, 1957

Based on the novel by Ross Lockridge Jr.

A mentally unstable Southern belle (Oscar-nominated Taylor) captures the heart of Montgomery Clift’s abolitionist Northerner [student] in this underrated Civil War epic. Their relationship is complicated by her troubled past and the onset of the Civil War. After Drake deceives John into marriage and admits that she never was pregnant, the two move to her New Orleans household, where he discovers that mental illness runs in her family. He lvoes he so much that he goes to war just to find her and bring her home. Unfortunately, she suffers another illusion which costs her her life. Ironically, chasing after the mythical 'Rain Tree' in an attempt to return her husband's love and dedication to her. They both have everything they want.Alas, she is plagued by something inflicted upon her during childhood: a feeling of guilt for the murder of her father. But she was not responsible. And all the while John's childhood love continues to carry the flame knowing that one day he will be hers.

Montgomery Clift - John Wickliff Shawnessy
Elizabeth Taylor - Susanna Drake Shawnessy
Eva Marie Saint - Nell Gaither
Nigel Patrick - Professor Jerusalem
Webster Stiles Lee Marvin - Orville 'Flash' Perkins
Rod Taylor - Garwood B. Jones
Agnes Moorehead - Ellen Shawnessy


Thursday, 6 December 2018

The V.I.P.s

Directed by Anthony Asquith, 1963

Written by Terence Rattigan

Fog delays a group of travelers headed for New York. They wait at the V.I.P. lounge of London Airport, each at a moment of crisis in his or her life.

Elizabeth Taylor - Frances Andros
Richard Burton - Paul Andros
Louis Jourdan - Marc Champselle
Elsa Martinelli - Gloria Gritti
Margaret Rutherford - The Duchess of Brighton
Maggie Smith - Miss Mead
Rod Taylor - Les Mangrum
Orson Welles - Max Buda

Richard Burton and Liz Taylor met on the set of Cleopatra in 1962