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Suddenly, Last Summer

  • Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz

  • UK/USA, 1959, 114minmins, DCP

  • Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift

Tennessee Williams’ unfathomable one-act, grotesque psychodrama reached its Gothic heights in this Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s adaptation. Unfolded with a striking monologue by Katharine Hepburn, a filthy-rich southern matron who entices a surgeon to lobotomise her hysterical niece, the melodramatic shocker gradually reveals the truth of her deceased son’s proclivities as the psychiatrist tries to probe his patient’s trauma. With its explicit ambiguity that slyly made it past the Production Code, Mankiewicz gets close to visually represent the forbidden, daringly manifested in Elizabeth Taylor’s climactic outcry that heralds beyond-thepale revelations of homosexuality, incest and cannibalism.

Golden Globe Awards: Best Actress (Drama)

5/6 (Sat): Film talk with Bobby Kwok

 

    Screening:

    In-theatre Screening

    • The Golden Age

      2021-05-15 (Sat)
      19:45
      Door tickets available at screening venue 30 minutes prior to the screening. Cash only.2021-06-05 (Sat)
      17:00

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