CAROLE LOMBARD - My Favorite Actress

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Review: Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)

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Superb film. Liz is smoking hot in this Tennessee William's adaptation. And she gives a great performance, to boot. Easily could have won an Oscar for it. Liz is Maggie the cat and she's married to Paul Newman as Brick, who have come home to celebrate his dad's birthday. He's called Big Daddy , wonderfully played by Burl Ives. Jack Carson is Gooper, Brick's brother. And Dame Judith Anderson is Ida "Big Momma", wife to Big Daddy. When a southern family like this get together, all kinds of drama starts to unfold. This is the type of film where you just sit back and watch the fireworks go off, because it's an actors showcase. And there are several scenes where you just see where everyone is at the top of their game. Trading insults and bringing up shameful secrets from the past. Things get emotional as temperatures fly high with everyone but Brick. He manages to stay pretty mellow, until he finally lets out some rage at Big Daddy. Cat On A Hot Tin Roof  is an extremely satisfying film experience and lets all involved have some of their juiciest film roles. One of my favorite films of all time. Sitting right there in my top 10.

Brick Pollitt: What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?
Margaret "Maggie" Pollitt: Just staying on it I guess, long as she can.

1 comment:

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

I agree - superb film and awesome cast. Liz is nothing short of incandescent in this role. Apparently she didn't even want to play the role (though why I will never understand) - but certainly put her all into it. Her "first act" monologue at the dressing table (the no-neck monster speech) is about as good as it gets anywhere.


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