Tag Archive | Paul Newman

Censor me! The odor of mendacity: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

When I first thought about this series, I was going to do The Wild One for this review. However, as it came closer to writing time, I thought that I didn’t really want to watch that again, and more importantly when I wrote the essay about silly thing reasons for banning, I was reminded of Streetcar Named Desire. I’ve long loved Tennessee Williams plays (yes, I know), and as such, reckon that he’s had an inordinately unmerited time with the various censors on Stage and Screen. As such, there’s one work that was hacked to ribbons for the stage, but furthermore was brutalised to such an extent by The Hays code and the British censor that it is practically unrecognisable from Williams’ original intention. That film? Arguably his masterpiece, the stunning 1958 Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.

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The Towering Inferno (1975)

Directors: John Guillermin, Irwin Allen

Starring: Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, William Holden

Release date: January 30 (UK). Please note I have tried to use my inebriated notes where possible. I have of course re-written one or two passages for purposes of, ahem, clarity. May contain inflammable material and spoilers…

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Just Pillow Talk’s Birthday Nightmare: Quintet (1979)

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Our old buddy JPT just can’t seem to wake up from his nightmare, with the latest film on his list being a) one I’ve never heard of, b) a Robert Altman post-apocalyptic science-fiction film (sounds hideous already!), and c) a missed opportunity to feature a Snow Tiger in a Hat! Take it away, Pillows.

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