Watch: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 1966 123movies, Full Movie Online – A bitter, aging couple, with the help of alcohol, use their young houseguests to fuel anguish and emotional pain towards each other over the course of a distressing night..
Plot: A history professor and his wife entertain a young couple who are new to the university’s faculty. As the drinks flow, secrets come to light, and the middle-aged couple unload onto their guests the full force of the bitterness, dysfunction, and animosity that defines their marriage.
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That’s what comes from too much alcohol and too few mutual respect
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ tells the story of two couples that are quite different at first sight – one used to each other for years, the other one rather freshly wed in comparison. Actually it doesn’t tell their story, but it displays their relationships.
The film begins on a Sunday morning at 2 o’clock, right after a party, and ends just after the sun rises. In these few hours we get to know these four people better then we might possibly want.
George and Martha are the older couple. He is a history professor, she is the daughter of the head of the university. Their relationship seems to be from hell, full of mutual disgust and humiliation. Their guests are Nick and Honey. He is the new, ambitious biology professor, she is his naive young wive. As all these four characters are more or less drunk throughout the entire film, alcohol works as a catalyst, and we quickly see the different kind of character traits they have: George is a cynic, Martha loves to torment her husband, Nick is an opportunist and Honey is very much a stupid blonde.
The two relationships deserve closer examination: We wonder why Martha and George married in the first place. They keep swearing at each other. Martha can’t stop humiliating George, when they are alone as well as when Nick and Honey are there. Maybe there is still a rest of love in them, but there mutual respect has vanished completely. And then there is the strange story of their son, who is supposed to visit on his birthday. They way George and Martha talk about him make us feel that there is something peculiar about him. At the end we get to know more about him, and we can only guess how important the son is for their relationship.
Nick and Honey, on the other hand, seem to be quite the opposite. But, being used as weapons by the older couple, we see that their relationship isn’t as perfect as it seems to be, either. Nick didn’t marry Honey because he loved her, but because he thought she was pregnant and because of her money. And when Martha tries to seduce him to tease George, he plays the game with her, always in mind that this woman’s father is the head of the university. Honey, on the other hand, is much more emotional than her husband, but she also is the most passive character, and the one most affected by the alcohol.
Mike Nichols assembled an outstanding cast for his film. Casting Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as Martha and George is a stroke of genius – not only are they terrific actors, but it also heats the imagination of the viewer how much their real-life-marriage resembled the relationship they had in this film. Elizabeth Taylor outshines her co-stars a little. Never was she any better than in this one; although her character is the meanest in the film, she manages that we still feel compassion for her at the end. But Richard Burton, George Segal and especially Sandy Dennis deliver memorable performances, too.
‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ succeeds at something rather difficult: It makes us care for characters we wouldn’t want to have anything to do with in real life. And although it actually consist of nothing but four people talking for two hours, it never bored us for a second.
Dismal marriage marathon
An endurance test lasting 2 hours 10 minutes, which is just about the time taken to complete the London Marathon. I seem to remember having attempted this test several times in the past, and last night I made it all the way through. I give myself a medal. This must be one of the most tedious, unamusing, unentertaining, undramatic performances of all time. There is no pleasure whatsoever to be had in watching four terminally uninteresting individuals get increasingly drunk, and then start punishing and mentally abusing each other in unfunny, unwitty, unintelligent ways at inordinate alcoholic length. This is the kind of play that if it hadn’t existed would have had to be invented, if only for the sake of completeness: the bottom end on a scale of excellence to atrociousness. What on earth do people see in this ? I just kept hoping it would end. Even the title is meaningless. Even the acting is unconvincing and unrealistic.
Original Language en
Runtime 2 hr 11 min (131 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Mike Nichols
Writer Ernest Lehman, Edward Albee
Actors Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal
Awards Won 5 Oscars. 22 wins & 28 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Film Length 3,590 m (Sweden)
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm