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Liz and Dick Who’S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? This Weekend at Webster University

10 July 2016 5:33 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

“You are cordially invited to George and Martha’s for an evening of fun and games”

Who’S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf? (1966) screens this Friday through Sunday (July 15th-17th) at Webster University’s Moore Auditorium (470 E. Lockwood, Webster Groves, Mo 63119). The film begins each evening at 8:00. 

Director Mike Nichol’s Who’S Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?  a famous and shocking black comedy from 1966, is based on Edward Albee’s scandalous play of the same name. First performed in New York in October of 1962, it captured the New York Drama Critics Circle Award and the Tony Award for the 1962-63 season.

We are introduced to George (Richard Burton), a middle-aged history professor, and his acerbic wife, Martha (Elizabeth Taylor).The movie presents an all-night drinking bout of the couple, joined by a vacuous biology professor, Nick (George Seagal), and his wife, Honey (Sandy Dennis).Through the verbal torturing of one another, »

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Pt. 2: Firing Squads and Flop Sweat

22 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of this Oscar-winning classic, Team Experience is revisiting the picture, tag team relay style. In Chapter 1, Nathaniel discussed our first look at George and Martha as they "welcomed" Nick and Honey into their home for a late night boozy marital bout. The first true bomb had just gone off when George realized that Martha had broken their "rules"... we rejoin the party now as George strikes back.

 Pt 2 by Daniel Crooke

My first wallop by Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was in my early years of high school after developing a formative penchant for emotionally explosive character dramas, iconic Hollywood movie stars, and Mike NicholsThe Graduate. Once I learned of this film’s existence, I snatched up the first secondhand DVD I could find. It may have proved a bad role model; I shouted and scowled around the house for days, hunched in »

- Daniel Crooke

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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Pt 1: "What a Dump!"

21 June 2016 8:11 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games*

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf

Directed by Mike Nichols

Adapted by Ernest Lehman from the play by Edward Albee

Released by Warner Bros on June 22nd, 1966

Nominated for 13 Oscars, winning 5.

To celebrate the anniversary of this stone cold classic from 1966, Team Experience is revisiting the picture, tag team relay style, all week long as we did with Rebecca, Silence of the Lambs, and Thelma & Louise.

Pt 1 by Nathaniel R

50th Anniversary Four Part Mini Series 

When I was a young teenager, a multiplex opened about a half hour from my house that, like every multiplex, showed whatever movies were in wide release. But here was something novel and unfortunately not copied by every multiplex in the land thereafter: they devoted one of their screens exclusively to charity -- the charity of young cinephilia that is. »


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Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

2 May 2016 9:07 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Stand back, watch the fur fly and don't forget to duck -- this is surely the most psychologically toxic play ever adapted for film. The legends Liz and Dick are terrific, and Mike Nichols conquers the screen in his first job of direction. Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Blu-ray Warner Archive Collection 1966 / B&W / 1:85 widescreen / 131 min. / Street Date May 3, 2016 / available through the WBshop / 21.99 Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis. Cinematography Haskell Wexler Film Editor Sam O'Steen Original Music Alex North Written by Ernest Lehman from the play by Edward Albee Produced by Ernest Lehman Directed by Mike Nichols

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

I remember what my reaction was, when I was younger, to movies adapted from plays: no matter how brilliant the dialogue, the thought of people standing around rooms talking was stultifying. Even for great epics and action pictures, I tended to go into a »

- Glenn Erickson

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April Showers: Gone Girl

18 April 2016 8:00 PM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

In April Showers, Team Tfe looks at our favorite waterlogged moments in the movies. Here's Chris on Gone Girl (2014).

Gone Girl is a variation on Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, its Nick and Amy being the new George and Martha.  But instead of a pair of unwitting guests, this George and Martha use the media to attack one another - and the verbal barbs are traded in for actual bloodshed. David Fincher loads the film with the darkest rapid fire comedy, much like Edward Albee's acidic play, and the final beats of both can spark immediate audience conversation.

The final act of Gone Girl is where the film reveals its darkest side. If you haven't yet seen the film or read the source novel, then you don't know that the first two acts are pretty twisted themselves. The film's structure and narrative conceits keep us from seeing the true »

- Chris Feil

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