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Legendary acting duo and husband and wife, Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor prepare for a 1983 theatrical production of the play, "Private Lives". Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 15 nominations See more »
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Dominic West ... Richard Burton

Helena Bonham Carter ... Elizabeth Taylor

Greg Hicks ... Zev Bufman
Jeff Mash ... Journalist

Trevor White ... Journalist

Lenora Crichlow ... Chen Sam
Isabella Brazier-Jones ... Maria Burton

Lucille Sharp ... Liza Todd Burton

Stanley Townsend ... Milton Katselas

Sarah Hadland ... Kathryn Walker

William Hope ... John Cullum

Jessica Jones ... ASM (as Jess Doherty)

Michael Jibson ... Mike

Martin Sherman ... Reporter (as Martin T Sherman)

Cassie Raine ... Sally Burton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hannah Blamires ... Reporter (uncredited)
Chris Cowlin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sophie Karl ... Journalist (uncredited)
Steve Munroe ... Passerby (uncredited)

Jd Roth-round ... Party goer (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Laxton 
Writing credits
William Ivory (written by)

Noel Coward  extracts from the play "Private Lives"
Alexander Walker  additional research material from the book "Elizabeth"

Produced by
Lachlan MacKinnon .... producer
Jessica Pope .... executive producer
Andrew Wood .... co-producer
Original Music by
John Lunn 
Cinematography by
David Katznelson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stuart Gazzard 
Casting by
Susie Figgis 
Production Design by
John Stevenson 
Art Direction by
Ben Collins 
Set Decoration by
Sophia Chowdhury 
Costume Design by
Susannah Buxton 
Makeup Department
Lucy Cain .... hair designer
Lucy Cain .... makeup designer
Tamsin Dorling .... makeup supervisor (as Tamsin Barbosa)
Nikki Hambi .... make-up and hair: dailies
Carol Hemming .... hair stylist: Ms. Bonham Carter
Jenny Shircore .... makeup artist: Ms. Bonham Carter
Dana Kalder .... daily makeup artist (uncredited)
Suzi Long .... daily hair stylist (uncredited)
Suzi Long .... daily makeup artist (uncredited)
Alex Rouse .... wig maker (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chris Dall .... first assistant director
Tim Riddington .... first assistant director
Natasha Vincent .... third assistant director
Tracey Warren .... second assistant director
Matt Bensley .... additional third assistant director (uncredited)
Natalie Maloy .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Ken Burnett .... dressing props
Sophia Chowdhury .... production buyer
Jo Hawthorne .... construction manager
Ben Johnson .... dressing props
Josh Jones .... standby carpenter
Gary Martin .... standby props
Adrian Platt .... property master
Quinn Robinson .... standby art director
Rebecca Salter .... art department assistant
Charis Theobald .... graphic designer
Laura Barden .... set decoration assistant (uncredited)
Sound Department
Antony Bayman .... sound effects editor
Simon Clark .... sound recordist
Sarah Howe .... boom operator
Keith Marriner .... adr editor
Keith Marriner .... dialogue editor
Howard Peryer .... second sound assistant
Adrian Rhodes .... dubbing mixer
Al Green .... mix technician (uncredited)
Sue Harding .... foley artist (uncredited)
Julien Pirrie .... foley editor (uncredited)
Julien Pirrie .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Harry Platford .... adr recordist (uncredited)
Mathias Schuster .... mix assistant (uncredited)
Caroline Singh .... sound assistant: dailies (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Ifor Ashton .... visual effects producer
Erik Ellefsen .... visual effects supervisor
Joseph Batten .... visual effects artist (uncredited)
Ryan Tatum .... digital compositor (uncredited)
Ankit Vajpayee .... compositor (uncredited)
Nick Gillard .... stunt coordinator
Lee Sheward .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... grip
Mark Clayton .... gaffer
John Ellis Evans .... camera operator (as John Ellis-Evans)
David Groundwater .... camera operator: second unit
Benny Harper .... best boy
Tim Morris .... first assistant camera
Thomas Storey .... camera trainee (as Tom Storey)
Callum Watt .... grip trainee
Ben Wilson .... camera operator
Alex Bender .... second assistant: "b" camera (uncredited)
Ben Brown .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Leah Gallo .... unit still photographer (uncredited)
Des Willie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lucy Rands .... casting assistant
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathryn Blight .... standby costume
Nigel Egerton .... assistant costume designer
Vicky Salway .... costume supervisor
Rosalie Tyack .... costume trainee
Anita Kwasniewski .... costume assistant: dailie (uncredited ) (uncredited)
Sharon McCormack .... tailor (uncredited)
Jo Stobbs .... costume assistant: daily (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Sinéad Cronin .... on-line editor
Malcolm Crowe .... assistant editor
Lawrence Hook .... on-line assistant
Vincent Narduzzo .... colorist (as Vince Narduzzo)
Maria Chamberlain .... assistant colorist (uncredited)
Music Department
Paul Golding .... music scoring engineer
Alastair King .... conductor (uncredited)
Alastair King .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Michael Geary .... action vehicle supplier: Motorhouse
Harry Taylor .... driver: Helena Bonham Carter
Other crew
Isabel Chick .... production accountant
Julie Clark .... production consultant
Lynsey Cosford .... location assistant
Matt Curtis .... titles designer
Shakir Kadri .... set production assistant
Ani Kevork .... production secretary
Harriet Lawrence .... location manager
Donna Mabey .... production coordinator
Catherine Moulton .... script editor
Helene Oosthuizen .... script supervisor
David Powell .... locations runner
Hayleigh Roberts .... production runner
Neil Swain .... voice coach
Natasha Vincent .... floor runner
Jp Caldeano .... crew support (uncredited)

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There must have been more to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor than that, 29 November 2013
Author: James Hitchcock from Tunbridge Wells, England

Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor were the cinema's official Golden Couple of the sixties. Even today, two years after Taylor's death and nearly thirty after Burton's, they still live on in the popular imagination as one of the most famous and glamorous couples of the twentieth century, outdone in that respect possibly only by John and Jackie Kennedy and King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson. This film, made for the British TV channel BBC Four, does not tell the full story of their relationship (there is a great film to be made on that subject!) but concentrates on their last joint acting venture in 1983, seven years after the second of their two divorces.

The venture in question was a theatrical production in New York of Noel Coward's play "Private Lives", a production advertised under the slogan "Together Again!" On the one level, that slogan could be taken as a reference to Coward's principal characters Elyot and Amanda, a former husband and wife who meet several years after their divorce and realise that they still love one another. The theatre management obviously realised, however, that their advertisement could also be taken as referring to Burton and Taylor themselves, another former husband and wife meeting several years after their divorce. The production was not a great hit with the critics, but was very popular with the theatre-going public who loved the parallels between Elyot and Amanda and the actors portraying them. There was even a curious coincidence in the fact that Elyot's new wife in the play is named Sybil- the same name as Burton's first wife whom he left for Taylor

The fictitious Elyot and Amanda might end by rediscovering their love, but this does not quite happen to their real-life equivalents. Certainly, the film implies that Elizabeth Taylor was still very much in love with her ex-husband and was hoping to marry him for the third time. (If a second marriage can be described as the triumph of hope over experience, what does that say about a third marriage, especially a third marriage to the same party?) Burton, however, was less keen, partly because he had fallen in love with Sally Hay, who became his fourth wife (and does not appear in this film), and partly because the reunion with Taylor reminded him forcibly of just why they split up. By this stage of his life Burton, once one of Hollywood's most notorious hellraisers, was now recovering from alcoholism, whereas Taylor was still drinking as heavily as ever. The two clash repeatedly during the production, largely because Burton believes that Taylor is not taking the play seriously, deliberately overacting and playing to the gallery.

Making filmed biographies of the great actresses of the past, particularly those who were famed for their beauty, can often be a thankless task because of the difficulty of finding a modern actress who bears sufficient resemblance to the woman she is portraying. Helena Bonham Carter, although a very attractive woman, would probably not rank very highly in an Elizabeth Taylor lookalike contest. Her voice, mannerisms and gestures, however, are sufficient to convey an impression of Taylor's personality, an impression convincing enough to persuade us to overlook the lack of any real resemblance. (Michelle Williams was able to perform a similar feat with her impersonation of Marilyn Monroe in "My Week with Marilyn").

Dominic West, however, is unable to do the same for Richard Burton. Part of the reason is that he looks far too young. It is not just the disparity in their chronological ages; West is 44, whereas Burton would have been 58 in 1983. By this stage in his life Burton was ageing and in poor health, looking older than his 58 years. He may have fought gallantly to overcome his alcoholism, but years of excess had taken their toll, and he only had another year to live. (He was to die in August 1984). There is no real hint of this in West's performance, and he comes across as a healthy, vigorous and youthful-looking man in early middle age (despite a few grey hairs). It also does not help that he looks very different from Burton and lacks his deep, mellifluous voice.

I felt that "Burton & Taylor" would have been more interesting if it had tried to tell the whole Burton/Taylor story, using the "Private Lives" production as a framework and relating the story of their life together in a series of flashbacks. Perhaps BBC4 (a fairly small network) lacked the resources to try something so ambitious. The film we actually have, telling no more than a small postscript to that story, is too static and dominated by talk. The sight of Bonham Carter and West getting into yet another blazing argument may occasionally be entertaining, but we are left with the feeling that there must have been more to Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor than that. 5/10

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