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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)


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Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

In director Mike Nichols' searing and visceral four-person drama - his debut film:

  • the bawdy and saucy performance of Oscar-winning Elizabeth Taylor as Martha - probably her greatest role ever
  • her spouting of "What a dump!" to invoke Bette Davis
  • the scenes of social games including Humiliate the Host, Get the Guests, Hump the Hostess, and Bringing Up Baby with young colleagues from the university
  • the dramatic sequence in which history professor George (Oscar-nominated Richard Burton) found a gun and pointed it at the back of Martha's head as she told the guests an embarrassing incident from his past
  • Nick's (Oscar-nominated George Segal) and George's drunken banter in the yard revealing Honey's (Oscar-winning Sandy Dennis) false pregnancy
  • the emotionally-charged scene in the road house culminating in George's physical assault of Martha
  • the scene in which George realized how he could ultimately triumph over Martha
  • the final climactic sequence in which George purged and exorcised their son-myth by revealing their "secret"


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