Cat on a Hot Tin Roof + The Long Hot Summer

Anyone in the market for a Valentine's Day Paul Newman double feature? A lot of people claim that Cat—a stolid Tennessee Williams adaptation that stars Newman at his ruggedest and Elizabeth Taylor at her, well, cattiest—is one of the great Hollywood films of the ’50s. All we can say is, there’s a pow’ful and obnoxious odor of mendacity here ’bouts. The Long Hot Summer, meanwhile, is an atmospheric tale of Southern lust and violence, on which Newman first met his future wife, Joanne Woodward. Orson Welles gets all Big Daddy as Woodward’s tyrannical father.


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