The Killing of Sister George

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"The story of three consenting adults in the privacy of their own home."
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  • 1968
  • 2 hr 18 min
  • 7.0  (2,531)

The Killing of Sister George is a 1968 British film directed by Robert Aldrich and featuring a talented cast that includes Beryl Reid, Susannah York, and Coral Browne. The film explores the complicated relationships between the three women as they navigate the entertainment industry and their personal lives. Beryl Reid stars as June "George" Buckridge, a middle-aged soap opera actress who plays the role of a beloved nun named Sister George. She is known for her outrageous behavior and her tendency to drink and smoke heavily. George lives with her much younger girlfriend, Alice (Susannah York), who works as a television scriptwriter.

Alice is frustrated with George's behavior and wants her to clean up her act, but George resists any kind of change. Meanwhile, their relationship is strained by Alice's infidelities with a man named Childie (Patricia Medina) and her growing distance from George.

The film's plot takes a dark turn when George learns that her character is going to be killed off in the soap opera. She becomes increasingly erratic and hostile towards those around her, leading to a series of confrontations and tragic events.

Throughout the film, the themes of identity and power are explored as the characters struggle to maintain their sense of self within an industry that values image over substance. The relationship between George and Alice is particularly poignant as they attempt to navigate the power dynamics of their age and status differences.

Beryl Reid's performance as George is a standout, showcasing her ability to bring both humor and pathos to the character. Susannah York's portrayal of Alice is also noteworthy, conveying both the character's vulnerability and her strength.

Coral Browne's supporting role as Madame Xenia, a theatre critic who is also George's arch-nemesis, provides a perfect foil to George's outrageous behavior. Their scenes together are some of the film's most entertaining and memorable.

The Killing of Sister George is a powerful exploration of the complexities of relationships and the struggles of maintaining authenticity within a rigid industry. With its strong performances and thought-provoking themes, it remains a timeless classic of British cinema.

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    7.0  (2,531)