Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noël Coward camp it up on the Mediterranean in this outré, outrageous, and utterly OTT adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.
John Waters named this blazing version of Tennessee Williams’ The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore as his favourite film of all time, and he particularly extolled Elizabeth Taylor’s performance: “No one ever said ‘you might want to bring it down a little…’ She was encouraged to chew the scenery, I think.” (Since everyone on set, including director Losey and co-star Richard Burton, were reportedly blindingly drunk throughout the shoot, perhaps Liz needed no encouragement to snack on the Mediterranean panorama.) In flowing white caftan and a baroque headdress that appears to be an explosion of daisies, tampons, and knitting needles, Taylor plays millionairess Sissy Goforth, who is slowly expiring in a haughty, drug-induced haze in a secluded Sardinian villa. Burton plays the allegorically named “Angelo del Morte,” who penetrates Sissy’s sanctum to talk philosophy, while Noël Coward reprises his camp cameo in Otto Preminger’s Bunny Lake is Missing as “The Witch of Capri,” mouthing misogynist asides in a role once offered to Katherine Hepburn. Outré, outrageous, and utterly OTT, Boom! is, in Waters’ words, “beyond bad. It’s the other side of camp. It’s beautiful, atrocious, and it’s perfect.”
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