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Title:
Suddenly, last summer
Author:
Spiegel, Sam.
Edition:
[DVD version].
Publication Information:
Burbank, CA : Columbia TriStar Home Video, 2000.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (114 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
Beautiful Catherine Holly is committed to a mental institution after witnessing the horrible death of her cousin at the hands of cannibals. Her rich aunt tries to influence a young neurosurgeon to surgically end Catherine's haunting hallucinations. By utilizing injections of truth serum, the neurosurgeon discovers that Catherine's delusions are in fact true and must confront the rich aunt about her own involvement in her son's violent death.
General Note:
Adapted from the play Suddenly, last summer by Tennessee Williams.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1959 by Columbia Pictures.

Special features: Digitally mastered audio & video ; production notes ; interactive menus ; audio: English (mono.), Spanish, Portuguese ; subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Chinese, Korean, Thai ; video photo montage ; vintage advertising ; talent files ; theatrical trailer ; bonus trailers ; scene selections.

Side A is a widescreen version which preserves the original theatrical aspect ration of approximately 1.85:1. Side B is a full screen version and is re-formatted to fit your TV screen.

Closed-captioned.

For specific features see interactive menu.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780767847490
UPC:
043396047525
Format :
DVD

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In this lush, lurid adaptation of the 1957 Tennessee Williams one-act, Elizabeth Taylor and Katharine Hepburn play a seemingly insane, young New Orleans debutante and the wealthy aunt who wants to lobotomize her. Dr. John Cukrowicz (Montgomery Clift) is a gifted Chicago brain surgeon stymied by the primitive operating conditions at the New Orleans asylum where he works. Society matron Violet Venable (Hepburn) offers a solution in the form of a million-dollar grant -- as long as Cukrowicz will treat her niece, Catherine (Taylor). Catherine, it seems, has been institutionalized since the sudden death of her cousin, Violet's son, Sebastian, overseas the previous summer. As the young doctor tries to get to the bottom of what happened to Catherine, Violet's steely demeanor and devotion to Sebastian present a formidable barrier. Catherine herself doesn't offer much help, her recollections jumbled by medication and the trauma of Sebastian's demise. Under pressure to seal the deal and cut into Catherine's brain, Cukrowicz's principles (and attraction to the young woman) prevent him from proceeding until he uncovers what actually happened to Sebastian. In his memoirs, Gore Vidal claims to have written the screenplay for Suddenly, Last Summer single-handedly, although Williams took half the credit. Vidal toned down the original play's allusions to pedophilia, cannibalism, and incest, but the film nonetheless provoked heated controversy. As for the cast, an unhappy Hepburn reportedly was threatened by the attention lavished on Taylor by director Joseph L. Mankiewicz, whom Hepburn had hired to produce The Philadelphia Story two decades earlier. Mankiewicz, for his part, allegedly hated Clift, whose drinking and partial paralysis from an auto accident prevented him from working more than half a day at a time. ~ Brian J. Dillard, Rovi


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