Monday, 6 June 2011

Iconic film: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

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Creo que no existe otra película en la historia del cine cuyos protagonistas sean tan increíblemente guapos y desprendan la brutal química que Paul Newman y Elizabeth Taylor consiguieron con La gata sobre el tejado de zinc caliente en la versión dirigida por Richard Brooks en 1958.

Maggie “la gata” (Elizabeth Taylor) y Brick (Paul Newman) son un matrimonio que vive pendiente de un hilo tras la muerte (mejor dicho suicidio) del mejor amigo de él, Skipper. Reunidos en casa de los padres para celebrar el cumpleaños del patriarca Big Daddy (Burl Yves) descubren que el padre está enfermo de cáncer y que morirá en breve. Se desata entonces una lucha por parte del hermano mayor y su mujer para conseguir cambiar el testamento, pero la madre (Judith Anderson) se revela como una figura firme y clave para evitarlo.

La película, que originariamente se debía rodar en blanco y negro, la final se hizo en color para resaltar la belleza y el color de los ojos de los dos protagonistas (de hecho estuvo nominada al Oscar por ello).

La encargada del vestuario fue en esta ocasión Helen Rose (eterna rival de Edith Head) quién diseño para la Taylor uno de los más hermosos vestidos que se han creado en la historia del cine: el blanco.  

Un clásico para ver una y otra vez…  

I personally think there’s no other film in the cinema history with two amazing beautiful stars that had such a brutal physical chemistry, as Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor had in Richard Brooks’ 1958 version of Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

Maggie “the cat” (Elizabeth Taylor) and Brick (Paul Newman) are a marriage hang by a thread after the death (in fact suicide) of Brick’s best friend, Skipper. They’re all together at Brick’s parents house to celebrate the anniversary of the patriarch Big Daddy (Burl Yves) we they discover that the father has a cancer and he is about to pass away. It is then when the older brother and her wife begin an argument in order to change Big Daddy’s will. But Big Momma (Judith Anderson) steps out as a strong figure to stop them.

Originally, the film was supposed to be filmed in B&W, but it finally was filmed in colour so as to enhance the beauty and amazing eye’s colour of the two stars. (In fact, it was nominated to an Oscar for that)

The wardrobe designer was Helen Rose (Edith Head's old rival) who designed for Taylor one of the most beautiful dresses of the cinema history: the white one.

A classic to watch over and over…

I love this scene: she tries to sit but he puts her aside with his crutch




The amazing white dress...
...and spectacular negligée


Is it possible to resist to a man like him??
A perfect decolleté..

2 comments:

  1. i've been meaning to see this movie for a while. elizabeth taylor is a great actress and phenominally gorgeous! =)

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  2. Then you can't miss it!! I'm sure you'll enjoy it!!

    xxx

    Patricia

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