Butterfield 8 (1960)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1960.  .  Screenplay by , , based on the novel by .  Cinematography by , .  Produced by Pandro S. Berman.  Music by .  Production Design by , .  Costume Design by Helen Rose.  Film Editing by .  

Even  insisted that it was her life-threatening illness and emergency tracheotomy that inspired the Academy to award her a Best Actress Oscar for this mundane film. She plays a high-class call girl who falls in love with swanky .  It should work out for them both, but naturally it can’t because she’s too much of a party girl.

Taylor isn’t bad in the role, it’s more that the screenplay is too bland to really accommodate her fiery personality. It also couldn’t have helped her confidence much to win a pity Oscar after years of great, award-worthy performances.

Academy Award:  Best Actress (Elizabeth Taylor)
Nomination: Best Cinematography-Colour

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Drama (Elizabeth Taylor)


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