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living in: cat on a hot tin roof

by amym

The first time I saw , my jaw was on the floor. Liz Taylor and Paul Newman absolutely smolder, smoke and burst into flame as an unhappily married couple imprisoned by circumstance at the family’s Mississippi home. Tennessee Williams sets a stage like no other, and the movie adaptation of his play sweats with sloshy, southern privilege that grabs and doesn’t let go.

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Through a hazy bourbon hangover, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof plays the gracious southern hostess well. A big, beautiful home gleams with wrap-around porches, trees drip with Spanish moss and well-manicured lawns host lantern-filled parties. For just a single night with Paul Newman, I’d gleefully endure the hangover, too.

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  • I first watched it in high school, and immediately went about staging a scene for my drama class (starring me as Maggie of course)- I picked the cutest boy in the class to play Brick, who just happened to have broken his leg during a track meet. I wore a scanty negligie in front of God and everybody (I was an odd, dramatic kid). I was SO obsessed with this film!!
    My GOD Paul Newman in this movie – every single movement is like a prayer of sexiness. And it’s also my very favorite performance of Liz Taylor’s – she is the quentissential Maggie – her raw, barely tethered passion palpable. THANK YOU FOR THIS!!!!!!

  • Ohh I love this one! While this film wasn’t my first encounter with Liz (she is one of my favorite actresses) but it was my first with Paul Newman, and by god it started a love affair. :)

  • Mind the living Spanish moss… if snagged fresh from trees (especially in Savannah) it’s likely to be populated with chiggers, little bugs that cause a nasty skin itch! I hear microwaving the stuff kills them off, but I’d be wary of bringing them into my home!

  • This is my all time favorite Liz Taylor movie. Until this post, I’d only really focused on the clothes (that waist-cinching white dress!! Those shoes!!) but thanks to you I’ve noticed how lovely the set was. That is, aside from the delicious natural flora.

  • Tennessee Williams can tell a story like none other. If you haven’t seen the film then you should add it to your must sees. Paul & Liz do a wonderful job with it & you can just feel the emotions dripping in every scene.

  • You saw this on TCM last week, didn’t you? :)

    My favorite memory of this film was in college, in a theatre course, when we were comparing the original play with the film. We had all been silently drooling over Paul Newman until he took his shirt off and one girl stage-whispered “So hott!!!”

    Forever ruined Paul Newman for me.

  • One of my all time favourites..recently i did a runway to room post ( using a movie still from ‘cat on a hot tin roof’ for inspiration) as a tribute to taylor..here’s the link ()..I’d love you to check it out..have a lovely day..xx meenal

  • I can’t get enough of this film. The writing and staging is so powerful, Tennessee Williams and the leads capture the tension of the guilt and power plays with extraordinary skill.

    Brick: “What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?”
    Maggie: “Just staying on it I guess.”

  • thank you, thank you, thank you.
    i love this movie and not just because it taught me the word ‘mendacity’.

  • The white evening gown (not the day dress) is exactly what I want my wedding gown to look like. Edith Head was such a wonderful costume designer. With any luck ModCloth will start making something similar.

  • I love that movie! The clothes, the set, those bratty kids! And I’d buy that dress if it would make me look half as amazing as Elizabeth Taylor!
    Thanks for sharing!

  • Hi Amy
    I’ve just watched ‘All That Heaven Allows’, with Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson, for my Genres in Film Class. The whole time all I could think about was what a great post it would make! I hope you’ll consider it.
    Such a fan. Keep it up!

  • Is there anything in this world more beautiful than a young Paul Newman? Just, wow.

    I can hear the cicadas and feel the humid, perfumed air when I watch this movie. You’ve captured it again wonderfully!

  • Tennessee Williams was a brilliant playwright. Not only was his dialogue excellent, he used his staging to heighten the tension between the characters to his benefit. This wasn’t lost in the film–the film was brilliant too.

  • Yes, Paul Newman is something to behold in “Cat”. But he is absolutely at his peak in every way in “Hud”. I still melt at very thought of this film!

  • Please, please, puh-leese do a “Living in” for “Sex and the Single Girl.” I can’t get enough of Helen Gurley Brown’s office and apartment.

  • After reading this post and comments I watched Cat for the first time via netflix instant. Thanks! I loved it!

  • I love this post. Cat on a Hot Tin Roof is one of my favorite movies. It is radiant with Elizabeth Taylor and Paul Newman. Classic. Thank you for the post.

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