"I was the slut of all time!" declares Elizabeth Taylor in the role forwhich she won her first Academy Award®. Taylor plays Gloria, a model of loosemorals who discovers a last chance at love and redemption when she spends a weekwith Weston Ligget (Laurence Harvey), a man who married into money and hateshimself for it. They fall in love, but beforethey can find happiness they have to overcome their own worst natures.Read more
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Liz is right - it's trash
All her life, Elizabeth Taylor has referred to this movie as trash.She's not being modest.She's being honest.This movie is trash.It's a joke that some people actually give it more than one star.She knew what she was talking about.
Taylor at her sexiest
Writer Paul Monette refers to this film as being one in a 'trilogy' of bad girl roles for Elizabeth Taylor--the other two being "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof "(1958) and " Suddenly,Last Summer " (1959).These three films should be in every DVD collection. Certainly they present Taylor at her absolute physical peak, but they also show the dark side of her sexuality, which is quite riveting.
Depressing Film About Depressed People
"Butterfield 8" pure and simple is overwrought soap opera.You would not care about these people if not for the strong performances by the two central actors who imbue their characters with qualities that are not present on the written page.Elizabeth Taylor as few actresses in history elevates otherwise mundane material into something other than.It's debatable whether she deserved the Oscar she won for playing Gloria Wondrous but there's no debating that she earned it.She had me won over in the film's opening scene where she awakens in another man's bed surveying the damage after another one night stand.Taylor outwardly was probably the most beautiful woman in the world.Her carriage in this scene suggests dissipation and internal decay and turmoil.Laurence Harvey's Weston Liggett is Wondrous' soulmate in the sense that he is a self-loathing Park Avenue type who married well and vents his angst through booze and indiscriminate affairs.It's inevitable when these two get together that sparks would fly but it's questionable whether you want to call it love.Like Taylor, Harvey imbues Liggett with enough pathos that you feel empathy for an unlikable character.I have mixed feelings about this film because it's not a pleasant viewing experience.If you do see it, watch two compelling actors at the top of their game.
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