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). This movie is real crazy, like if serious-crazy and scary-crazy had a baby that was tested for crazy by the school psychologist got the results back, got up from her desk and immediately sold her house and changed her name. Crazy. This movie does not fuck around, it is insane screaming over the house intercom and slapping the servants. It’s having a cocktail while getting a blood transfusion. It is perfection.
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 for the longest time, it was not available on DVD or from Netflix or anywhere even remotely handy. Until now, that is. I attached the full movie below. And you’re welcome.
Boom! is a 1968 British drama film starring Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton and Noël Coward. It was directed by Joseph Losey and adapted from Tennessee Williams‘ play The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.