With the lamented demise of Screen on the Green, the 2009 National Theatre Summer Cinema series is one of the few free film events left in D.C. This year’s series honors philanthropist/diamond-, husband-, and Oscar-collector (Butterfield 8, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?) Elizabeth Taylor.
The series—”Who’s Afraid of Elizabeth Taylor?”—kicks off June 22 with Cat On A Hot Tin Roof, the 1958 film adaptation of Tennessee Williams‘ play about the family dynamics between an ailing southern patriarch (Burl Ives), his alcoholic, limp-mannered son (Paul Newman) and his attention-starved daughter-in-law (Taylor). All films are screened Mondays at 6:30 p.m., in the Helen Hayes Gallery of the National Theatre. Tickets will be distributed 30 minutes before show time, first-come, first served. Full schedule after the jump.
- Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Paul Newman, Burl Ives; directed by Richard Brooks.
- National Velvet (1944), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Mickey Rooney, Angela Lansbury; directed by Clarence Brown.
- BUtterfield 8 (1960), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Lawrence Harvey, Eddie Fisher; directed by Daniel Mann.
- Giant (1956), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Dennis Hopper; directed by George Stevens.
- A Place in the Sun (1951), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Montgomery Clift, Shelley Winters; directed by George Stevens.
- Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966), starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, George Segal, Sandy Dennis; directed by Mike Nichols.
Photo: Paul Newman and Elizabeth Taylor in “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.”