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Controversy, a first-time director and combustible stars: 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' was hardly a sure thing

Controversy, a first-time director and combustible stars: 'Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?' was hardly a sure thing

Fifty years ago last month, a lacerating, dark comedy-drama opened in theaters, helping change the landscape of American cinema. “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” – based on Edward Albee’s Tony-winning play – not only captured that landmark American drama’s game-changing interpersonal dynamics, but also marked the film directing debut of Mike Nichols and helped topple the archaic Motion Picture Production Code.   

Released on Blu-ray in May by Warner Archives, the 1966 film was no sure thing as it made its way from stage to screen. An emotional horror story, both the play and the film triggered controversy and...

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