The rest of the cast is great also. It is important to recognize that inaccuracies, atrocity tales, stereotyping and labeling by the media can destroy the lives of women such as Lizzie Borden and Casey Anthony, despite their acquittals. Lizzie has come full circle--a full sexual revolution, if you will. Scripted by William Bast , The Valley of the Gwangi, The Betsy , The Legend of Lizzie Borden refuses to reassure us on any of these scores; we're left uneasily on our own to sort out if what we're seeing is true or not. Unrelenting media scrutiny and harassment throughout her lifetime made Lizzie a social outcast or pariah and her fictionalized depictions in the media over the years since her death have made her a cultural symbol of evil.
I watched it again the second time they showed it and it didn't seem the same. Also working in her favor? It looks like it was shot on a town set in S. Across town, the original Borden family home also remains standing, almost entirely unchanged. The courtroom theatrics including the examination of a too-clean skull are underwhelming, yet Montgomery is riveting nonetheless, particularly in the well-staged final moments after the verdict is read. While Lizzie never admits to the killings, we get to see how some people thought she got away with it. The lowest-priced brand-new, unused, unopened, undamaged item in its original packaging where packaging is applicable.
I had a neighbor who looked like and had a very simular personality as Samantha Stevens. But like others in television, Liz Montgomery never could escape the great success of her role, nor could she make the jump which given her lovely figure and face she could have made into films. While it's impossible to defend Lizzie's gruesome actions, both movies help you see why she felt she had to do what she did with 99. Interestingly, Liz's nude scenes were edited for later broadcasts even though what you saw was tame by today's standards. I would think this would be one place that would also have the movie.
Elizabeth Montgomery is just as good as anything else she is in and the supporting cast is believable as well. Katherine Helmond plays Lizzie's sister, Emma, while Fionnula Flanagan is on hand as the maid. That can be dismissed as rubbish. Disposing of the murder weapon was not that hard, either. The movie takes great liberties with the facts--Borden was 16 when her parents were killed. The second subtext is that Lizzie did the whole thing, and the film spells out exactly how she could have pulled it off, and why.
Lizzie has shaken off the heavy garments she's been forced to wear in the sweltering heat, as she mercilessly descends on her perceived oppressors, the camera slowing her movements down greatly as she swings and swings, her body heaving in a gauzy, dreamy, grotesque parody of sexual fulfillment, as she spatters her body and face with blood. The Audio: The back of the box says this is a Dolby Digital English 5. I love this movie for two reasons: a big crush on Liz Montgomery and an interest in the case of Lizzie Borden. Or maybe, with a face like that and a father who was still alive and well and could leave his money to Mrs. Resembling the family patriarch, Fritz Weaver gives a fascinating performance as the complex Andrew Borden.
Coming from an unpleasant home, it's easy to see why she snapped assuming that she was guilty. It's hard to believe with all the remakes being done that this 1975 gem is the only film of this notorious event, that said it would have a tough act to follow. After viewing her dead father and stepmother with Bridget, Lizzie called the local authorities and summoned them to the crime scene. As the camera closes in and focuses on Lizzie Borden's face, the film flashes back to scenes, sometimes contradicting courtroom testimony leaving the viewer to decide what really happened. According to this film, Lizzie stripped down to her birthday suit before attacking her relatives with her famous hatchet. Then she got older, and past 25 or so a woman was considered an old maid.
First, we have the brilliant Elizabeth Montgomery. A mock trial conducted at Stanford University in 1997 seconded the verdict. Martinelli, and costume designer Guy Verhille. The police suspected, and the prosecutor later alleged in court, that the dress was actually stained with the blood of her rather than paint, and that Lizzie had burned the dress in order to cover up the murders. In an unexpected scene between Flanders and the up-to-now unimportant character of his wife, Bonnie Bartlett, Flanders rages against Lizzie's obvious tricks of feminine seduction to save her hide. In the days following the murders, Lizzie was seen cutting up and burning one of her dresses. As Lizzie, Elizabeth Montgomery is quite good.
This should be a part of any murder trial or serial killer film collection. She and her sister Emma moved out of the family home, and they lived together for 13 years. Martinelli's flat-out brilliant editing scheme, with its split-second shock cuts rupturing the already jumbled authenticity of the narrative, culminating in the murder reenactments where the action is slowed down and surrealistically repeated that axe swinging over and over again , giving us a palpable sensory experience of sickening homicidal rage. There was a food poisoning event a few weeks before the final catastrophe, but given the standards for poor food in the 19th Century this by itself means little. If the trial took place nowadays, it would probably rival the O. He sees the reruns of the show in France and has fallen in love with her.