Steve Daly
November 10, 2000 AT 05:00 AM EST

Boom!

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG
runtime
113 minutes
performer
Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Noel Coward
director
Joseph Losey
author
Tennessee Williams
genre
Drama

We gave it a B-

Shooting on the island of Sardinia, director Joseph Losey (The Servant) managed to turn a wretched Tennessee Williams script about a dying widow (Taylor) and a freeloading poet (Burton) into one of the best-photographed awful movies ever made. Taylor wavers between demure, English-accented purring and Bronx-truck-driver screeching as she utters doggerel like ”Hot sun, cool breeze, white horses on the sea, and a big shot of vitamin B in me!” Boom! stinks, but it’s also a delicious, nostalgic memento of late-’60s auteurist pretension. B-

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