The Killing of Sister George Series: Film Comment Selects  Director: Robert Aldrich, Country: USA, Release: 1968, Runtime: 138
Boasting an unprecedented two-minute lesbian love scene, Robert Aldrich’s cult classic became the first “serious” film to earn an X rating. Beryl Reid reprises her Tony Award-winning role as an aging actress on the verge of losing both her young live-in lover (Susannah York) and her career as a soap opera star.
The film scales campy heights of hysteria reminiscent of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, delivering then-shocking images of sadomasochism and now-inflammatory lesbian stereotypes with a subversive sense of sexual revelry. It remains an indispensable (though little-seen) entry in the Aldrich canon, extending the director’s career-long fascination with society’s outcasts.
Buy Tickets Sat Feb 28: 4* *Intro by film critic Melissa Anderson.