Vintage 1975 documentary about the life of movie queen Elizabeth Taylor hosted by Peter Lawford, and featuring appearances by actors Roddy McDowall and Rock Hudson, directors Richard Brooks...
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Vintage 1975 documentary about the life of movie queen Elizabeth Taylor hosted by Peter Lawford, and featuring appearances by actors Roddy McDowall and Rock Hudson, directors Richard Brooks and Vincente Minnelli, Elizabeth's mother Sara Taylor, costumer Helen Rose, and producer Sam Marx. Included on the "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" 2-DVD set. Unfortunately the only survivor of this group as of 2006 is Elizabeth. Written by
Made-for-TV documentary hosted and narrated by Peter Lawford that discusses the life and career of Elizabeth Taylor. Even though this was made in 1975, Taylor is referred to as a legend, which was certainly true but it's also quite amazing considering all the things that hadn't yet happened in her life. The documentary does a fairly good job at talking about her days before Hollywood, how she got her start and what made her become so famous. The documentary takes a look at her personal life as well as her movies and for the most part this was very detailed for the era. With that said, there's no question that a lot more was needed in order to make this work. There are many times when boring stories are being told and just dragged along to the point where you lose focus in what the person is saying. This happens several times during the segments where Taylor's mother is interviewed, which is rather shocking because you'd think she'd have some better stories to tell. The highlight of the film comes when director Richard Brooks talks about working with her on CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, which was during a period where her husband at the time was killed in a plane crash. The gimmick he used to make her eat was a rather touching and funny story. Fans of Taylor will probably want to check this out but she certainly deserves a much better documentary.
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