Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor

I wanted to acknowledge Elizabeth Taylor's passing today. I was a huge admirer of her work, especially her title role in the 1963 version of Cleopatra, which ranks in my top 10 for all-time favorite movies. After all, with Elizabeth Taylor, Rex Harrison, Richard Burton how can you go wrong (especially when you put them into a 1960s epic with some seriously fantastic costumes and sets)? Besides, for Hollywood, it's fairly accurate insofar as it closely follows Plutarch and other ancient (albeit Roman and heavily biased) sources on the Queen.

Burton and Taylor set the screen on fire as Antony and Cleopatra. Fun fact: this is the film in which they first met and began their romance (though they were both already married!). If you haven't seen Cleopatra, I strongly encourage you to go rent it and watch it this weekend in tribute. In any case, as far as I'm concerned, few stars today possess Elizabeth's beauty, poise, style talent and star power. She will be both remembered and missed.


Janell @ House of Fifty said...

I've always enjoyed watching her movies, pulling out an old classic. She had amazing talent, spirit and beauty. Janell

Susan @ Real Girl Designs said...

I agree about Cleopatra – I love watching it. As a bonus, if you’re a Netflix member, it’s available streaming on demand – I think I’ve watched it at least 3 times this way in the past month.

I haven’t seen any of Elizabeth’s Oscar winning roles, but I loved her (and June Allyson) in “Little Women”. I think I’m going to have to add Butterfield 8 and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf to my Netflix queue.

Shanna said...

You have to have a Classics background (I have suspected with the blog named odi et amo) if you're mentioning Plutarch. We seem to be similar: I was a Latin major and went on to law school :)

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