Suddenly, Last Summer
Dir: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
UK/USA, 1959, English, 114min, 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
- Hong Kong Arts Centre Louis Koo Cinema (Venue)
- HK Science Museum Lecture Hall (Venue)
- Hong Kong Film Archive (Venue)
- K11 Art House (Venue)
- The Metroplex (Venue)
- Festival Grand Cinema (Venue)
- the sky (Venue)
- MCL Telford Cinema (Venue)
- Tai Kwun (Venue)
- MOViE MOViE (Venue)
- Chinese Subtitles
- Category III
- Post-screening discussion with the director
- Director and/or actor(s) will meet the audience
- Post-screening talk
- Full House
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