The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth.
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Clift's minimal performance is as stunning as Taylor and Hepburn's innuendo-filled bursts, and much credit is due to Mankiewicz's sensitive direction and masterful blocking. It is the way the narrative develops however, the doctor as a detective, that turns Suddenly, Last Summer into such a compelling picture.
Overwrought without being completely camp. Love all the themes implied or displayed, some of which would have a hard time making their way into a similarly A list feature today. Drink & watch this with someone you love who'll love it.
Powerful powerful movie! I'm astonished with the extremely difficult (but successful) effort of Vidal's adaptation in preserving the Williams' play. An obsessed mother; a woman caught in the line between sanity and madness; and a man looking for a true that anyone else wants to see. From the audacious subtext/symbolisms in several scenes and dialogue to the overdramatic and stagy perfomances, everything pleased me.
You can tell the story was a little handicapped because of the censors but Suddenly, Last Summer is creepily captivating. I couldn't take my eyes off Elizabeth Taylor despite how silly and off the movie got towards the end. Great performances, too. I was unable to take my eyes off Elizabeth Taylor. I almost wish this was shot in color.
This film is ALL Montgomery Clift, made after his terrible car crash that sent him down a spiral of surgeries and alcohol + painkiller abuse, and while his role is about helping and instilling reason, his gaze is so intense and pleading, he couldn't really oust and outsize his own hurt off-screen entity while playing. Add plot to his discomfort: a wealthy matriarch attempts to hush the homosexual leanings of her son.
An adaptation graced with great performances but is dumbfounding in how strange it gets, a strangeness far too lurid for the presentation of the story, creating an erratic beast too weird for its own good.