“Not all women are raving bloody lesbians, you know.”
An aging lesbian actress (Beryl Reid) worries that she’s being written out of her television series.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Actors and Actresses
- Black Comedy
- Play Adaptations
- Robert Aldrich Films
- Susannah York Films
Robert Aldrich’s smart, well-acted adaptation of Frank Marcus’s satirical play received a notorious “X” rating when it was released (though this was reduced to an “R” just a few years later). Indeed, it’s easy to see why unsuspecting audiences may have been shocked, given the movie’s overt treatment of female homosexuality. Although the word “lesbian” isn’t uttered until two hours into the film, there’s no mistaking what kind of relationship these women have with each other; and for those who might still be unclear, the scene in a lesbian club makes it unambiguous.
Sensationalism aside, however, Sister George remains a surprisingly humorous tale of grandiosity and insecurity in show biz; we don’t always like or admire George’s actions, but we can’t help feeling compassion for her predicament. Perhaps the best aspect of the movie, however, is the relationship between George and her young lover “Childie”, played by Susannah York.
York’s performance is raw and daring — she puts herself all the way out on the line here, and it pays off tremendously.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
Yes. This controversial movie may not be for all tastes, but I believe it’s must-see viewing for film fanatics.
- Controversial Film
- Noteworthy Performance(s)