TIRED OLD QUEEN AT THE MOVIES
Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton make sparks fly and head an all-star cast in Anthony Asquith's film version of Terence Rattigan's The V.I.P.s (1963).
Set in London's Heathrow Airport and made in order to cash in on the scandalous affair between Taylor and Burton on the set of Cleopatra, The V.I.P.'s is a glamorous combination of melodrama and comedy in the grand tradition of Grand Hotel. Maggie Smith in one of her early roles shines as the frustrated secretary of hunky Rod Taylor. Orson Welles plays a Fellini like movie director trying to cope with tax evasion and his Italian mistress, Elsa Martinelli. But the film is stolen by Margaret Rutherford, in an Oscar winning turn, as a pill-popping dowager trying to save her ancestral home from bankruptcy. The V.I.P.s is elegant, funny, dramatic and wonderfully entertaining. Steve Hayes
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