Actors: Beryl Reid, Susannah York, Coral Browne
Director: Robert Aldrich
From Gay Essential
Released in 1968, The Killing Of Sister George is a drama film directed by Robert Aldrich. Based on British writer Frank Marcus’ play with the same title, the motion picture centers on the dying television career of a lesbian woman. The film stars Beryl Reid, Susannah York and Patricia Medina.
“Sister George remains an important work in Aldrich’s canon and a major contribution to early queer cinema, though some commentators have seen it as homophobic in portraying George as a monstrous version of a lesbian and Childie as a goofy, unevolved babydyke.”
— Bright Lights Film Journal
“Aldrich has been accused of coarsening and commercialising a subtle play. But, nevertheless, it is a spirited, highly entertaining, even sometimes enlightening, possibly even liberating movie, pulling lesbians out of the closet.”
— Derek Winnert
“Released in 1968, Aldrich’s film is one of several the director made about the vagaries of stardom—a mini-oeuvre that also includes The Big Knife, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, and The Legend of Lylah Clare. While Baby Jane has long been appropriated by gay men, its most famous line (“But you are, Blanche! You are in that chair!”) repeated in bars and drag shows for decades, Sister George remains a lesbian cult classic that has the distinction of being the first “serious” film to receive an X rating.”
— Film Comment
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Fremantle Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 1 Jan. 2008
- Run Time: 135 minutes
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