Elizabeth the Queen

The lush, womanly curves. The glossy, ebony locks. Those famous violet eyes. Elizabeth Taylor’s beauty helped her become Hollywood royalty, a legend from the golden era of film. To Kendall Natvig, she’s the most beautiful woman in the world. Over the past 30 years, he has amassed a collection of international film posters that capture the actress in her prime. “I have over 300 Taylor posters. It’s probably one of the largest collections in the world,” he says. During February and early March, the Miami Beach Cinematheque is hosting “Elizabition,” a retrospective of her Academy Award winning and nominated films, coupled with an exhibit showcasing Natvig’s stunning posters.

Elizabeth Taylor could have been just another pretty face, pumping out vapid films. Instead she challenged her acting abilities and chose to play bold, complex characters in films such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Butterfield 8, and A Place in the Sun. Tonight at 8:30 fans can enjoy Suddenly Last Summer, the searing 1959 adaptation of Tennessee Williams’s Southern Gothic classic. “It is one of my favorites. I think this performance is probably her best, besides Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? The film is such a groundbreaker,” gushes Natvig, who has seen all of Taylor’s movies. Admission is ten dollars. Call 305-67-FILMS, or visit www.mbcinema.com.
Fri., Feb. 17

 
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