50th Anniversary: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf was first released on June 22, 1966 — 50 years ago to the day. At the time, the film, taken pretty much verbatim — with the exception of some scenic switches to alternate locations — from Edward Albee’s 1962 play, was lauded by critics who seemed to be just as disenchanted by their nuclear familial-prizing era as the play itself. This scathing, wholly unsubtle deconstruction of two marriages (that of a New England college president’s daughter, Martha, and a history professor, George, both middle-aged, and biologist Nick and housewife Honey, both in their late 20s) was an encapsulation of the tensions brought about by the heightened marital/childrearing ideals that invalidated all existence beyond them in the U.S. in the 1950s.”

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  1. First saw “Who’s Afraid…?”, on TV, when I was 10-ish, a few years after it came out… the same year I found a copy of “Women in Love” on my grandmother’s book shelf! Found both works to be incomprehensible (as a pre-adolescent) but “Who’s Afraid…?” actually frightened me. If only there were a market (*any* market), for Films For Adults, now! The stuff that’s supposedly for Adult consumption these days would have been *perfect* for me at 10… (laugh)…

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