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Genre: Drama

Duration: 131 Minutes

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) FILM TALK



Great storytelling succeeds in any medium of media. So how do extraordinary novels, short stories, and plays transform and become great movies?  We will explore the collaborative process and challenges of adapting a story to a film for these five award-winning classics during this series.

From page:

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF Play (1962)  written by Edward Albee

Pulitzer Prize, Tony Awards: Best Play, Best Actor, Best Actress,

Available for purchase from KING WEST BOOKS

To Screen:

WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF Film  (1966)   Richard Burton, Elizabeth Taylor, Mike    Nichols director,  Ernest Lehman screenplay.  13 Academy Award Nominations, won 5 including Elizabeth Taylor for Best Actress.  It was the third Highest Grossing Movie of 1966.

At 2 a.m. on the campus of a New England college, a middle-aged professor of history and his wife return home from a party. Their life together, after 20 years of marriage, is dominated by violent arguments tempered by occasional moments of tenderness. George, the husband, is a victim of lost idealism–a fact that his wife, Martha, eagerly points out by constantly comparing him to her father, the president of the college. Martha conceals her own vulnerability and frustration behind a show of loud vulgarity. She has created an imaginary son, and George has indulged her in the pretense, partially for his own sake as well. Earlier in the evening, Martha invited a faculty couple, Nick and Honey, to drop by for a drink; as soon as they arrive, Martha begins making flagrant advances toward the younger man. Honey, embarrassed by Martha’s behavior and unaccustomed to so much liquor, becomes ill. Intoxicated, Nick confides to George that he married Honey because she falsely told him that she was pregnant. The long night of drinking and quarreling wears on, and Martha eventually lures the opportunistic and drunken Nick to her bedroom upstairs, while George watches their shadows from the yard below. When he learns that Martha has told Honey about their son, George brutally destroys his wife’s fantasy by announcing that the son is dead. He then reduces her to hysteria by conducting a mock funeral service in Latin. With the coming of dawn, the guests depart. Physically and emotionally exhausted, George and Martha share a moment of silence.


Fred is an independent film & television producer focusing on the development, financing, and production of films and television series for international audiences. He spent 20 years living and working in California, 10 years as the President of American Zoetrope Studios and was Executive Producer of 17 feature films including The Godfather Part III, Bram Stoker’s Dracula, The Secret Garden, Don Juan De Marco, The Virgin Suicides and John Grisham’s The Rainmaker. He was the Executive Director of Arts and Entertainment at the CBC in Toronto where he was responsible for developing, commissioning and supervising production of major television series. Current feature projects include: LITTLE ITALY, MONKEY BEACH, THE VIRTUOSO, and MILTON’S SECRET.