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Monday, June 27, 2011

Jonny's Pick: The V.I.P.s

Knowing my passion for old films, my best friend Jonny recently recommended The V.I.P.s to me.



The film revolves around various groups of people waiting in a VIP lounge at a London airport. All are scheduled to fly over to the US. But fog prevents their departure, therefore causing an unbearable crisis in each of their lives.

Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton headline the ensemble cast, playing a wealthy couple whose marriage is on the rocks.



There are other mini plots surrounding a businessman in a financial crisis, a duchess having a relocation crisis, and a movie director involved in a tax crisis.



Unfortunately, I was not the biggest fan of this film. I thought the plotlines were weak, the acting unspectacular, and the humor fleeting.

Plus, I am a huge fan of Grand Hotel, the 1932 classic this film's concept is emulating. It just doesn't compare.



That being said, I couldn't keep my eyes off the screen. Because Elizabeth Taylor is just too glamorous to ignore.



Normally, Elizabeth Taylor is a fairly good actress. She says her lines and you believe them. In this film, however, it was like she just gave up trying. No trace of any normal human emotion flickers on her gorgeous face.

Her sexiest scenes, involving a love triangle, were devoid of any passion.



But she looked gorgeous doing them.






I was fascinated to learn that La La Liz used all her own jewelry in this film.





I also really loved her costumes. She had a pink dress in particular I thought was adorable.



If you're obsessed with old films or you're a die-hard Elizabeth Taylor fanatic, The V.I.P.s might be worth your while.

Otherwise, I recommend checking out her better films, such as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.

40 comments:

Crazy Little World Of Mine said...

Funny...my mom talked about this movie last week and said the same thing...she looked gorgeous but the whole acting was bad. :( Sad, but I guess true. :(
the cat on the hot tin roof is still my favorite!

Courtney Erin said...

She had the most incredible jewelry collection I think - this film sounds really neat! I should add it to my summer watch list.

xoxo ~ Courtney
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S said...

She was so beautiful, and her jewelry are really stunning!
Love old movies and this one seems really interesting!
xoxo
S

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Tanvi said...

Will add it to my Netflix list! :)

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Tights Lover said...

Liz Taylor look amazing in the photos. But I agree, if she mailed it in, in this movie, it can't possibly be worth seeing.

I hope you had a great weekend as well!

Baby Budget Blog said...

Hmmmm, I've never heard of this movie! Oh my, I must get it immediately as I LOVE Elizabeth Taylor!!!

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Oh my Dior! said...

that film looks amazing i want to watch it!

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drollgirl said...

yup, she was gorgeous...pretty much a mesmerizing lady!

Bonnie said...

I can never get past just how gorgeous her eyes are. If the acting is that bad, you could always put the movie on mute and watch her beauty float across the screen.

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Amy said...

I have never seen this movie, but I am so in awe of old movies. The glamour, the romance, the excitement...makes me wish life was like that for real.

xoxo

Fashion.MakeUp.LifeStyle said...

I'm definitely adding it on my Netflix list of must watch ASAP.

<3 Marina
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Venus In Virgo said...

OMG! I thought I saw all ET movies. I must go rent this, thanks! Hey, your beauty question was answered. XOXO

-E- said...

wow how many movies did they do together? madness.

Oh to Be a Muse said...

i've never seen this movie so i can't judge her acting, but i'll take your word for it. she does look very pretty in the screen shots though.

lauren lanza osias said...

love your old movie commentaries. we should really talk about this, i too love older films, but elizabeth taylor's clothes in this movie are insane!!!! love them. i've never seen this, but cat on a hot tin roof is one of my favorites, she's such a firecracker!!

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Andrés Corella said...

Well Liz alwayes looked amazing..Her dresses are cute and the jewelry is gorgeous..I might see this film..and the other one you said to make the comparison myself..but being you the expert in old classic films..I think I´ll like the first one more haha

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Andy
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StyleID said...

She is stunning, even if the movie is not that good I'd see it just to see her and and Richard Burton..... and more of her stunning jewelry. did you see the size of her emeralds????

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Sarah said...

Liz Taylor was beautiful, but I think she looks her best in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof :)
x

Couture Carrie said...

Love all these beautiful costumes!

xoxox,
CC

Josie said...

I adore Elizabeth Taylor -- I'd watch the film just for her!
xo Josie
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Kavery said...

I'd watch 'Cat on a Hot Tin Roof' again to see her in it. Her eyes light up every shot she's in

Melanie's Randomness said...

Wow Elizabeth Taylor was pretty!!! Wow!

David L Macaulay said...

interesting -I do find Liz rather interesting and would certainly like to catch up on her movies.

sabrina oliveratta said...

Now I´m curious to watch this movie!
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Meri said...

I've never heard of either the VIPS or Grand Hotel- but I might have to check this one out if only for Liz taylor's gorgeous costumes! The last one looks like the outfit Charlotte picks for Sex and the City when she's watching the elizabeth taylor documentary and goes to Brady's birthday party...

Punctuation Mark said...

i still can't believe she is gone... she was so beautiful and talented!

A BRIT GREEK said...

I haven't seen this yet, can't believe it!

She loks incredible in this movie, I guess i'll have to check out soon!
Thanks for stopping by gorgeous, hope all is well with you.

x.o.x.o

Theonlyfashionprincess said...

I haven't seen this movie but it looks great! x

*Glam Chameleon* said...

Really she used her own jewelry?? That is so refreshing to hear and at the end completely logical for Liz!:) She's one and only E.T.!:)
kisses
Jelena
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ChiccaStyle said...

She was amazing and her jewelry super awesome!Love old movies, thanks for sharing!
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Chic 'n Cheap Living said...

She is so glam - ah even in a movie with weak plots the characters were at least stunning.

xoxo,

Chic 'n Cheap Living

The Blonde Duck said...

Did you read the article in Allure about Elizabeth Taylor?

Vix said...

Liz was such a glamourpuss! I really want to see this movie again just so I can lust over the costumes. x

Cafe Fashionista said...

I don't think I have ever before seen an Elizabeth Taylor film. :/

Audrey Allure said...

Elizabeth Taylor does look absolutely gorgeous, but from your review I'm probably going to skip watching this film.

JoaNNa said...

ooohhh elizabeth taylor looked so gorgeous! :D

Olga said...

It's impossible not to love Elizabeth Taylor. I love her performance in Cat On a Hot Tin Roof.

Savvy Gal said...

She looked gorgeous though. : )

Pop Champagne said...

I love her dresses, and yeah her jewelry collection is amazing!

Pop Champagne said...

P.S funny that the dude's name is chain saw, I wonder why people don't do research on their foreign names before converting it to another language lol