Boom!

Several years ago, MSC and TBE alerted me to a movie called “Boom!”  Take Elizabeth Taylor, add Richard Burton and Noel Coward, mix in a screenplay written by Tennessee Williams based on a play by Tennessee Williams, music by John Barry (think James Bond themes), and even that hat she wears (can you call it a hat?) is designed by Karl Lagerfeld (for Tiziani of Rome).

A film staring three divas (Coward’s character is actually named “The Witch of Capri”) and written by a diva has got to be 24 karat gold, right?  The critics and everyone that takes the time to review movies on the internet disagree, loudly.  The plot is a bit lost at times:  dying rich woman meets penniless poet, yelling happens.  It is really better if thought of as a series of really outrageous one-liners held together with ridiculously opulent sets and wardrobe.  Obviously, MSC and TBE love it.

What also adds to the allure is that is not really available on DVD or from Netflix or anywhere even remotely handy.  I rented a VHS from Broadway Video once, I think it is also available at Scarecrow Video.  Then, I saw someone selling a DVD-R of it, which seems illegal.  Mystique, no?

Since you will have to work to see this film, here are a few clips.  If you do find it easier, let me know.

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