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everyone has a right to there opinion . Elizabeth Taylor has to be the most boring actress I have ever seen. in every film I have ever seen she plays ELIZABETH TAYLOR. she was the definitive Hollywood product or Hollywood star - not actress. her friends say she was a sensitive and caring human being. no doubt, no arguments there, but watching her at interviews creeps me out. she comes off like a programed robot, seemingly, saying what she reads off of a teleprompter, thinking this is what the public -the little people want to hear me say, and I cant grasp one, not one grain of sincerity. Ill take Katherine Hepburn, Lillian Gish, Betty Davis, Audrey Hepburn, and a whole list of todays ladies who earn there fame with real talent. Liz had a knack for backing losers like Michael Jackson, perhaps to make her own star shine a little brighter. Sorry didn't mean to step on any fans toes, but that's my opinion.
Daniel Mann Directs Another Oscar Win
- David Atkins
Daniel Mann sadly overlooked had a great run directing Oscar winning performances from Shirley Booth In Come Back Little Sheba, Anna Magnani in The Rose Tatoo, and Elizabeth Taylor for this fine film version of John O Hara's book. Susan Hayward who was nominated for I'll Cry Tomorrow and lost to Magnani deemed Mann her favorite Director ( Hayward and Mann would work together later in Ada and The Revengers). MGM insisted that Liz Taylor make this movie before MGM would deem Liz Taylor free of her long term MGM contract and begin work at 20th for Cleopatra. Liz insisted she both hated MGM and this film in particular. The Lady doth protest too much, as Liz is superb as Gloria Wondrous and won the Oscar for her great performance. The only jarring aspect of this film is casting Eddie Fisher in an important role but Liz was both married to Fisher at the time and likely her insisting on Fisher's casting as revenge at MGM. Liz was astoundingly beautiful in this movie. TCM should do a day of Mann films: Come Back Little Sheba, The Rose Tatoo, I'll Cry Tomorrow, Butterfield 8, Ada, and as a diversion Mann's comedy Lana Turner's Who's Got The Action
Maybe it's just that era
It was a time of cheap polyester clothes, cars without a suspension system, cheap prints of lousy paintings, avacado green decor, and the color yellow being euphemistically called gold. When I first saw this old movie with all those cheap sets and shots, it brought back memories of long shaggy carpet and vulgar colors slapping you in the face everywhere you turn. I really, really, dislike this movie. I don't like the story, the dialogue, the depressing self-involvement, and the trashiness of it in general. (Maybe, if there had been one sympathetic character; but there wasn't.) The story was simply DRAGGED ON without redeeming quality. Whoever voted ANY Academy Awards for any part of this movie had to have been a sycophantic, tasteless, fanny-caressing follower of the lowest order. Taylor and Fisher were right: BUTTERBALL FOUR... But... Hey; maybe it's just me...
"BUtterfield 8" - The One Liz Hated Most
- Bruce Reber
"BUtterfield 8" (1960) was the film Elizabeth Taylor did to fulfill her MGM contract so that she could star in the overblown epic "Cleopatra" at 20th Century Fox. She totally hated "BUtterfield 8", in which she plays call girl Gloria Wandrous who gets involved with married Park Avenue lawyer Wes Liggett (Laurence Harvey). It's been said that after a screening of the film at MGM she threw a drink at the screen to express her disgust. While I don't think of "BUtterfield 8" as one of Taylor's best films, it's still a fairly good melodrama, and it earned her the first of two Best Actress Oscars (the other was for her performance as Martha in "Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf (1966). The supporting cast is also very good (Eddie Fisher, her husband at the time, Dina Merrill, Betty Field and Kay Medford). I'll give "Butterfield 8" three stars.
Eu não vi o filme. Dá para perceber que a Elizabeth Taylor está espetacular vivendo um papel polêmico para a época. Ela arrrasou e mereceu seu primeiro Oscar.
**Amazing Movie Butterfield 8
Haven't seen this movie in years & i want to say thank you to TCM for playing this movie Butterfield 8 love it . Elizabeth Taylor is the most sexiest creature ever to grace the screen in this film .Wow her first scene in this movie is just breathtaking the way the music goes to Elizabeth's electric eyes is just Magic ! Her acting is perfect and throughout she is just a thrill ride to watch .Elizabeth Taylor is my favorite in this film.So Glad she won an Academy award for this amazing movie.
Like so many Taylor vehicles - this is a dud. Once you achieve a certain status, deserved or not, many people feel they must like what you do. Taylor has benefited from that lemming mentality. This dated, trite material and her turgid hysterics, so typical of her "acting" style, belong in the "B" movie heap of garbage. And unlike a lot of "B" types, there's not even humor or over the top performances to attract the audience. Save your dime - don't call this gal. You won't have a good time.
Great Picture! Great Picture for Liz!
A must see for Liz Taylor's fans. Lawrence Harvey is excellent also.
Butterfield 8 (1960)
- Jay Higgins
I think this often criticized film is quite good, and Elizabeth Taylor is among those who put the film down. But, she does give an excellent performance for which she won her first Oscar. It's her film all the way, I was never bored and it's well produced.
Diamond Girl was fabolous!
Didn't know liz could act until now. I will have to see more of her movies. Love, a 36yr old who knows a good film when she sees one!
elizabeth at her peak
this is my favorite taylor performance, and some of the best acting i've seen her do from that period. she delivers in every dramatic scene. she completely dominates this film, with great support from laurence harvey. they're a smoking hot team. what saves the film from being completely superficial is the delving into the pscyhological problems of the two main characters... and the 'daring' admission by "gloria" (towards the end) of what was at the root of her promiscuity. i myself believe taylor EARNED her oscar for this performance.
Liz can act
Sort of a predictable plot, heavy on the soap at times, but still a decent flick. Many have said that Elizabeth Taylor won a "sympathy" Oscar for this film, but truly she was deserving of it. She is marvellous. As for Harvey, he plays one of his usual intense troubled characters. The cinematography is first rate as well.
Shining star, lousy film
The role of Gloria seems like a hybrid of all of Taylor's most extreme characters, but she is mesmerizing nonetheless. In fact, she's the only reason to watch. When she's not on the screen the film comes to a dead halt, and you realize just how bad the dialog and the rest of the cast are. Laurence Harvey is painfully miscast and an embarrassment to watch.