Suddenly, Last Summer
+ intro by Simon McCallum, BFI National Archive Curator
Tennessee Williams’ heady melodrama is played brilliantly by Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift and Katharine Hepburn.
Dir Joseph L Mankiewicz
With Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Mercedes McCambridge
Scripted by Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams from the latter’s play, this sees Clift as a promising young doctor observing a disturbed young woman who’s seemingly traumatised after the death of her cousin, and whose aunt believes she should undergo brain surgery. Set in 30s New Orleans, Suddenly, Last Summer is a heady brew that reflects the psychological turmoil of the hospitalised patient.
See another screening of this film on Sat 28 Sep.