With her passing in 2011, Market Street Matinees at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St., pays tribute to perhaps the greatest film queen of all time, Elizabeth Taylor. Capturing hearts at the age of 12 in "National Velvet," Taylor continued to captivate the world for the rest of her life.
Often known more for her romantic interests, famously including Richard Burton with whom she appeared in 11 films, she starred in a wide variety of roles and earned two Academy Awards, giving testimony to her on-screen talent. Celebrate the career of this extraordinary woman in November with four of her finest films.
The screenings are at 2 p.m. each Tuesday on the third floor of the Welch Wing at the James V. Brown Library. They are free and open to the public.
“Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” will be shown at 2 p.m. Nov. 29 at the James V. Brown Library, 19 E. Fourth St.
For more information, visit Market Street Matinees at www.jvbrown.edu or call 326-0536.
Viewers must be 18 years old or older to attend R-rated films.
Nov. 1 - "National Velvet"
The film stars Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Anne Revere, Angela Lansbury and is directed by Clarence Brown. The film was made in 1944, runs 2 hours and five minutes and is not rated.
An Academy Award-winning classic, "National Velvet" is about two children (Taylor and Rooney), their passion for a horse and their determination to train in order to win the famed Grand National race.
Nov. 8 "Cleopatra" part 1
The film stars Taylor, Richard Burton and Rex Harrison and is directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. It was made in 1963, runs 2 hours and 6 minutes (for part 1) and is not rated.
Burton, Harrison and Taylor star in one of the greatest screen spectacles ever made - the story of the Queen of the Nile and her love affairs with Julius Caesar and Mark Antony. The film is distinguished by superb performances from Burton and Harrison (nominated for an Oscar), but at its center is Elizabeth Taylor in one of the most glamorous roles of her career.
Nov. 15 "Cleopatra" part 2
Running time is 2 hours.
Nov. 22 "Father of the Bride"
The film stars Spencer Tracy, Taylor and Joan Bennett and is directed by Vincente Minnelli. The film was made in 1950, runs 1 hour and 33 minutes, is black and white and is not rated.
A witty commentary on the American family, "Father of the Bride" features a matchless performance by Spencer Tracy as the father reluctant to lose his daughter (Taylor) to marriage.
Nov. 29 "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof"
The film stars Taylor, Paul Newman and Burl Ives and is directed by Richard Brooks. The film was made in 1958, runs 1 hour and 48 minutes and is not rated.
Tennessee Williams' searing account of greed and sexual frustration and its effect on a prominent Southern family. Ives recreates his Broadway role as "Big Daddy." Taylor gives a smoldering performance as Maggie, the rejected wife.