#230: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

When and how did I watch this?

September 17th, 2015, on Amazon Prime.

Had I seen this film already?

No.

What did I know about the movie before watching it?

Elizabeth Taylor and the 60s.  It’s based on a stage play, and I realized I’d read the script at some point in college.

What do I know about it now?

What started as a relatively cogent film gradually descends into psychotic mayhem, a dizzying carousel headed by a mad married couple, George and Martha, the former often going into spontaneous metaphorical drivel, the latter at the complete whim of her bipolar spin cycle, and their poor guests who jump on for a ride and end up as insane as their counterparts. There were moments of hilarity, poignancy, and utter chaos throughout.

What are some themes in the film?

Illusion and truth, commitment, delusions of grandeur, existentialism, idealism, and the effects of a drunken stupor.

Did this affect me personally?

Yes. I’ll be long to forget this one.

Why is this ranked #230?

It’s a trip, riddled with the bizarre and caked with whimsy.  The viewer forgets who they are and what time it is for a while.  I would guess people like this and vote it up on IMDb for that reason. I would be surprised if most viewers got a really good grip on this one, but I think that’s part of the movie’s premise.

Did my wife watch/like it?

She seemed to enjoy it, but I think the weird factor kinda put her in an enraptured state. She didn’t say much.

Would I watch it again?

Probably, just to examine the dialogue more closely.  I confess I was also lost at times, but again, isn’t that the point?

Would I recommend it to a friend?

Yeah, I think it’s an interesting film that most would garner a new perspective on reality from, or at least, see an older film that really plays with your head.  Again, people like that, I guess.

Does it deserve to be on this list as one of the greatest films of all time?

Oh yes. Cinematography, delivery, the madcap acting — all very well done.  It would seem the actors and director had a great time with this one.  If you can stomach it, it might suit you as well.

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