Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
Filmfest 2011

"His (Brooks') Cat is a formaldehyded tabby that sits static while layer after layer of its skin is peeled off, life after life of its nine lives unsentimentally destroyed... Maggie the Cat (played with surprising sureness by Elizabeth Taylor) is young, beautiful, childless; her hot tin roof is the marital bed no longer shared by her husband Brick (Paul Newman), a onetime college athlete now tying on the booze bag every night in search of the "click in my head."... In the end he (Brick) makes his peace with his father and promises to make true Maggie's lie that she is pregnant. But the outcome is of meager importance. Playwright Williams' stage is filled not with actors in a drama, but with dancers in a psychiatric striptease; when the last veil has been discarded, any further steps are superfluous. Time, 1958 Nominated for six Academy Awards

tags: Feature film

Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives, Jack Carson, Judith Anderson

Credits

Director: Richard Brooks