By Trailers From Hell | Thompson on Hollywood November 25, 2013 at 2:05PM
Who's Afraid of Richard Pryor's Sneakers! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with filmmaker Dan Ireland introducing Elizabeth Taylor-Richard Burton classic "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
Writer-director Mike Nichols, then known for broadway comedies and his satirical work with Elaine May, surprised everyone by choosing Edward Albee’s incendiary psychodrama Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf as his motion picture debut. Filmed on the campus of Smith College in Massachusetts, it’s a cinematic one-two punch thanks to the gloves-off performances of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor (who bulked-up to a fighting weight of 155 lbs). Taylor snagged an Oscar (along with co-star Sandy Dennis and cinematographer Haskell Wexler). Albee had wanted James Mason and Bette Davis for the leads (in 1980 Nichols and May themselves starred in a New Haven revival).