Saturday, October 26, 2013

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

This film was ably directed by Richard Brooks in 1958. Perhaps Paul Newman was not so deep and penetrating in his performance as maybe Brando was in a Streetcar Named Desire but, it was a super performance nevertheless. The film actually was carried by a superlative performance by Burl Ives as Big Daddy. Elizabeth Taylor as Maggie and the cat also delivered one of the finest performances of her life. She looks stunningly beautiful in the film. She is struggling to find her bearings amid family strife. She is both fragile and strong. She knows what she wants but she also wants support of her husband. Great cinema brings about realism in a deep sense. It is about exploring the truth behind the human conditions. This film brings it out.

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