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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Rule number 4 or whatever of blogging – Be careful when you’re blogging while drunk and/or angry. I wouldn’t recommend people to do it because instead of writing seven hundred words for a piece, I end up writing half of that when I’m drunk and/or angry. That, however, often means I get a lot of work done because of either fatigue and just wanting to get things over. Speaking of…repeat after me kids, drunk and/or angry, I’m only one of those things tonight but the characters of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf are both. I’ve had the chance finally to buy the book since one of my coworkers have, and decided to read it while playing the movie. Not the best idea since there’s a lot of cut, paste and add in the film’s script, but do as I say, not as I do. I haven’t finished rewatching the film, but I’ve fed you kids trash for the past two days might as well talk about a great film, although I’m not sure if I give justice to it.

ph. Warner

I also want to say that I kept imagining Henry Fonda as George, who was offered the role on the play’s first Broadway production. I also want to say that George (Richard Burton) concedes the play to Martha (Elizabeth Taylor). I don’t know why that is. Maybe he plays the calmer host to Martha’s angry drunk host. I’m not gonna say that Burton’s performance isn’t great because I don’t even believe that, but he has the most lines yet it doesn’t feel that way. I will now try to entertain you with the best line reads in the film.

MARTHA (In a so-there, childish voice) Daddy said we should be nice to them.

eta. MARTHA Ha HA! Wonderful; marvelous. (Sings) “Just a gigolo…Everywhere I go,…”

HONEY (Sandy Dennis) He’s not a floozie…he can’t be a floozie..you’re a floozie.

GEORGE And that’s how you play get the guests.

ETA GEORGE Flores; Flores para los muetros. Flores.

NICK (George Segal, who honestly is as good looking as he is young and fit) Where is your husBAND?

4 responses

  1. This movie is absolutely brilliant, we were supposed to do this as a school play, but for obvious reasons that idea was nipped in the bud. It’s just perfection, though, those lines. Sigh, just beautiful. And I’d rank them Dick, Liz, Segal, Sandy…which is odd because Sandy is my favourite Supporting Female performance…ever. Just an acting masterclass.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:10 am

  2. I did the quotes in the order in which they appear in the film. I’d rank them Liz, Dick, Sandy and Segal. And I’m happy to have found a Sandy lover. She’s done three decades of scene stealing, I love her too!

    December 1, 2010 at 11:17 am

  3. Little titbit, the play was supposed to win the Pulitzer but it was taken out of the running because of profanity and no winner was given that year; which I find hilarious because today it’s Albee’s most enduring play and he won the prize a number of times. Oh well.

    (And Get the guests is my FAVOURITE portion, which is saying a whole lot. I just want to clog up your comment section with reasons why I love this movie. In retrospect, the seventies is way too low a ranking of it for me in my top 100 favourite films….)

    December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm

  4. Cool. I think I like the younger couple when they’re separated and George and sometimes Martha gets to pick their brains. And my favourite part is the first few moments of the third act, between Martha and Nick and George is just coming back in.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:44 pm

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