Based on the Tony-award winning play by Edward Albee (and the center of a scandal for the Pulitzer Prize), the complex marriage between a professor and his wife is put on full display when they invite a young couple over for after-party cocktails. The film cast real-life turbulent but magnetic couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as the leads, and they do not disappoint, electrifying the scenes with committed, devastating emotion. (dir. Mike Nichols, US, 1966, 132m)
“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is an instant film classic, and Warner Bros. deserves the highest credit for making it a movie without compromise.” – Hollywood Reporter
Philip Gefter is the author of Cocktails with George and Martha: Movies, Marriage and the Making of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Bloomsbury); two biographies: What Becomes a Legend Most: The Biography of Richard Avedon, (Harper) and Wagstaff: Before and After Mapplethorpe, (Liveright) which received the 2014 Marfield Prize for national arts writing; and a collection of essays, Photography After Frank (Aperture). He was an editor at The New York Times for over fifteen years and wrote about photography for the paper. He was the photography critic for the Daily Beast in its early years and contributes frequently to The New Yorker: Photobooth and Aperture, the quarterly of photography. He produced the award-winning documentary, Bill Cunningham New York. He resides in New York City.
Lisa Schwarzbaum, film critic for Entertainment Weekly and The New York Times.