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Burton and Taylor 2013

  • Richard Laxton
  • July 22, 2013
  • 83 mins
  • English
  • Drama
TV drama based on Richard Burton's diaries, about his last performance in 1983 with ex-wife Elizabeth Taylor. They meet after several years and he agrees to her suggestion that they star in a stage revival on Broadway of Noel Coward's comedy 'Private Lives', although Elizabeth Taylor has never before performed on stage. Burton soon regrets his agreement, however, when her pill-popping and lack of discipline causes problems already during the rehearsals. The play opens to a critical trashing, but is popular with audiences because they just want to see Taylor. After a two month troubled run, the curtain comes down and Taylor tells Burton she has always loved him and still does. A year later he is dead.

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Bonham Carter gives a good performance. The movie is fine for those who like the Burton-Taylor romance. For people who doesn't know them it's gonna be boring, for sure.

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