I wouldn’t say there is any homosexual context to Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1966), considering the film is about (two) “normal” marriage(s) and it stars one of the most “virile” straight couples, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton.

No, I would say there is no homosexual context to it at all. However, if this film – and Edward Albee’s play – does honestly reflect the time, deep inside, it shares the same socio-cultural roots with that new identity and lifestyle movement (pardon my choice of words).

It’s most tellingly in the theme of pretended and hysterical pregnancies (the union of childless couples). The deliberate exposure of the vulgarity in academia and its New England setting, on the other hand, gave this theme a convincing class/geographical background, which in my humble opinion explains that movement.

In style the film surprisingly resembles Sweet Smell of Success (1957), a film I admire. However, the tenderness under torrents of verbal abuse makes Who’s Afraid more touching, for there is no bad guy in this film: everyone is bad, and everyone is good.