The electric charge of Mike Nichols’ 1966 film adaptation of Edward Albee’s play WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? is generated by its deceptive simplicity. Following a university faculty party, a boozy middle-aged husband and wife, George and Martha, played by Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, entertain a young couple new on campus. That’s it,…

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(originally heard on The Cutting Room Movie Podcast) The system was broken. Of that much I was certain as I stared out the window watching Mr. Hendl’s class taking to the blacktop outside to play an afternoon game of kickball. It was sometime in the mid-eighties. I was something like eleven years old. And Mr. Wall,…

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