“Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?”
The movie “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” was released in June of 1966 by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was based off of Edward Albee’s play that was considered scandalous at the time. The performance still made it to Broadway and was measured to be one of the best playwrights of the time. When producing it as a film, the language and sexual content of the play caused controversy and it came to be the first film released with a "Suggested for Mature Audiences" warning. The film's title refers to a British feminist writer Virginia Woolf who employs the use of a 'stream of consciousness' that observes the psychological and emotional motives of the characters. This ties in with the film's emotionally draining plot along with the suffering marital discord displayed by the main actor and actress. The title is also a parody of a Disney song in Three Little Pigs named “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?”
The story is ultimately about a bitter aging couple who with the help of alcohol use a young couple to stir torment and emotional pain towards each other. The old couple named Martha and George are played by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. The young couple is played by Sandy Dennis (Honey) and George Segal (Nick). Taylor, a British American actress who became one of the great actresses of Hollywood’s Golden Age, won an Oscar for playing Martha. Also, Sandy Dennis won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as Honey.
The film starts with Martha and George drunkenly making their way back from a college faculty party to their messy house where they begin to prepare more drinks. Their relationship is immediately defined by drunken verbal battles, which reveals their emotional dependence upon each other. George’s job as an associate History professor in the college where Martha's father is the President is quickly exposed. Also unveiled is Martha’s disappointment in George’s low standing as only an associate...