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FILM SCREENINGS

<i> Suddenly, Last Summer</i>. 1959. USA. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz

Lynda Benglis presents Suddenly, Last Summer

Due to family illness, Lynda Benglis will not attend.

Saturday, November 6, 2010, 8:15 p.m.

Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1



Includes the following film:

  • Suddenly, Last Summer

    1959. USA. Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Screenplay by Gore Vidal, based on the play by Tennessee Williams. With Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Katharine Hepburn. The artist Lynda Benglis presents Sony Pictures Repertory’s new restoration of Suddenly, Last Summer in conjunction with the Museum’s current exhibition “Contemporary Art from the Collection.” This lugubrious melodrama, adapted by Gore Vidal from Tennessee Williams’ rampantly symbolic—but immensely entertaining—one-act play, scandalized audiences in confronting themes of incest, homosexual prostitution, madness, and cannibalism. Taylor, Clift and Hepburn were almost unanimously praised for their performances, and the film today is recognized for having ushered in a frank approach to once-taboo subjects. 114 min.