directed by Robert Aldrich
USA 1968

 

  Robert Aldrich ranks with Samuel Fuller and Nicholas Ray as one of the "golden boys" of postwar commercial cinema whose formal chops and aggressive social critique made that period so exciting. By the late '60s and early '70s, when culture gave way to counterculture, conventional wisdom has it that all three were washed up. That opinion can be supported for Ray, who made no films at that time. Fuller’s star had fallen with the butchered Shark (1967) and the enjoyable but minor Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street (1972). But Aldrich was arguably at the peak of his powers, with a string of brilliant, demanding and not always commercially successful films that, taken as a unit, outstrip such earlier classics of his as The Big Knife, Kiss Me Deadly, and Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? This rich period included megahits (The Dirty Dozen, 1967), scorching attacks on Hollywood (The Legend of Lylah Clare, 1968) and American ideals (The Grissom Gang, 1971), and the key "lesbian picture" of that era, The Killing of Sister George (1968).

The "killing" in the title is a metaphorical death — that of "Sister George," a smarmy apple-cheeked do-gooder who stars in a sentimental BBC series about village life. "George" is played in the series by June Buckridge (Beryl Reid), a brassy, bitchy, hard-drinking bull dyke who’s the antithesis of the sickeningly sweet character she plays. In spite of the enormous popularity of George, her "death" is inevitable due to the constant embarrassments to the BBC of the woman who plays her. Her indecencies are quite public; they include enraged walkouts from the set, drunken binges, and most egregiously, an assault — which Aldrich treats as high comedy — on two novitiate nuns in a taxi.

Excerpt from Gary Morris' review at Bright Lights Film Journal located HERE.

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Theatrical Release: December 12th, 1968

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Runtime 2:19:30 
Video 1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
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Studio: MGM Home Video

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DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2005

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A typical barebones package from MGM with no extras but at a reasonable price. The image is not bad at all - tight to the frame at a 16X9 enhanced widescreen, progressive and bright colors. In some spots I saw some dirt (or digital noise) but other than that it is quite acceptable with decent optional subtitles. A good deal at around $10.

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