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Noel Coward (extracts from the play "Private Lives")
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Release Date:
16 October 2013 (USA) See more »
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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  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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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83 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »

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Factual errors: Burton recalls filming "Cleopatra" with Taylor in Hollywood. Actually, the film was made in Rome.See more »
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
solid drama about the mythic pair, 17 October 2013
Author: mukava991 from United States

"Burton and Taylor" starts weakly because it takes a while to accept Dominic West as a dissipated 57-year-old Richard Burton and Helena Bonham-Carter as legendary glamour puss Liz Taylor. But West wins us over first of all with his deep voice and cultivated enunciations (which was what Burton was primarily known for); then secondarily his Burton-style cheek folds and greying temples provide just enough distraction from West's own robust youthfulness; finally, West projects a pervasive worldly cynicism tempered with a basic humanity. Bonham-Carter has the coloring and heat of Taylor, something of the physique (though less buxom), slightly similar facial features enhanced by careful camera angles and she effectively duplicates Taylor's weak, whiny voice. She redeems herself for her abominable performance in 2012's "Dark Shadows."

The scope of the story, with the exception of one flashback, is wisely limited to several months in 1983 when the famous twice-married, twice-divorced couple reunited to play the leads in Noel Coward's "Private Lives" on Broadway. They were both too old for their parts and Taylor was not remotely adept at stage acting but superficially at least, their own relationship resembled that of the tempestuous couple at the heart of Coward's play. And that was enough for star-struck Broadway audiences to guarantee a financially successful – if artistically disastrous - production. Highlights of this extended public embarrassment – from early rehearsals through closing night – are interspersed with peaks and valleys in the Burton-Taylor personal drama.

Burton emerges as a skilled and erudite artist waylaid by dependency on drugs (alcohol and cigarettes); Taylor as an intelligent but spoiled, pill-popping, self-absorbed star monster, the kind only Hollywood could create; the pair as mutually dependent devourers and enablers of each other—in short, a mythic representation and exaggeration of average couples in general, which indeed was part of their mass appeal.

There are so many revelatory truths scattered amidst the dross of the TV-movie-style mise- en-scene that one can only surmise that the creative personnel behind this effort actually cared about and emotionally connected with their subjects. A few examples: the startling scene backstage when Taylor in mid-conversation with Burton suddenly slugs him in the face for having spoken rudely to her staff moments earlier; the close-up on their hands clasped together and then separating during a curtain call, pointing up the unstable unity-disunity of their relationship as expressed by the failure-success of their play; the dynamic of their on- stage interactions as Taylor, thanks to her sheer star power, gets away with running roughshod over Noel Coward's verbal architecture while Burton, the trained stage veteran, struggles to anchor the proceedings with actorly skill; Burton's frequent quoting from Shakespeare to express powerful feelings, reflective of his early absorption of and inner devotion to the classics of literature which not only fueled his youthful rise to success but sustained him through subsequent decades of personal and artistic dissolution.

This is the second biopic about this pair in the last year, the previous one being the forgettable quickie starring Lindsay Lohan. "Burton and Taylor" manages to obliterate its predecessor.

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