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Film Review: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

catIf you don’t know the meaning of the word “mendacity,” you will after watching this movie about a wealthy Mississippi family on the verge of falling apart as the death of the patriarch looms.This is the second Elizabeth Taylor film I’ve watched, and both were about bickering couples. The first, “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” was dialogue heavy like “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”

“Cat” is a movie with many plot developments, but it’s mainly about money and social status. It’s about failed dreams, a friend’s suicide, infidelity, infertility, immortality, inheritance — so many things it almost loses focus. But above all else, it’s a Tennessee Williams’ tale about a rich Southern family with a lot of problems whose main concern is money, the tie that binds.

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  1. Awesome movie — Liz Taylor as Maggie the Cat, with Paul Newman and Tennessee Williams’ writing — it doesn’t get much better than that IMO. When it comes to films made from Williams’ plays, this one is at least as good or maybe better than “Streetcar.” It’s been awhile since I’ve seen either one of them — they aren’t on TV all that often.

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