Monday Night Classics: Boom!

March 18, 2019 - 6:30 pm

Event Category: Key West Art & Historical Society’s Tennessee Williams Birthday Celebration
Admission: $12 // $8.75 Members

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Few figures loom larger in Key West’s literary history than Tennessee Williams — and we are proud to celebrate the legendary author and playwright throughout March with a series of films based on his work.

1968’s “Boom!” stars the then-married Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton in Williams’s own adaptation of his play “The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore.” Taylor stars as Flora Goforth, a six-times divorced millionairess who is spending her summer holidays on a Mediterranean island, hoping to dictate her memoirs before she dies.

Arriving on the island is besotted poet Chris Flanders (Burton)—dubbed the “Angel of Death” thanks to his uncanny ability to romance rich, dying widows. Ignoring her best friend’s (Noel Coward) sage advice, Flora invites Chris to stay at her villa. And as her health continues to fade, she becomes more and more attracted to “the Angel of Death.”

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