An Academy Centennial Salute to Joseph L. Mankiewicz

An evening celebrating the gift of the Joseph L. Mankiewicz Papers to the Academy’s Margaret Herrick Library.

Hosted by film critic Ben Mankiewicz.
Featuring a 50th anniversary screening of “Suddenly, Last Summer” (1959).

Panel included: Sidney Poitier (directed by Mankiewicz in “No Way Out”), Martin Landau (directed by Mankiewicz in “Cleopatra”), C.O. “Doc” Erickson (production manager of “Cleopatra,”), wife Rosemary Mankiewicz, and son Tom Mankiewicz (screenwriter of “Live and Let Die,” “Diamonds are Forever,” “Ladyhawke” and “Dragnet”).

Legendary writer, director and producer Joseph L. Mankiewicz (1909–1993) earned nine Academy Award® nominations from 1931 to 1972, taking home Oscars® for the screenplay and direction of both “A Letter to Three Wives” (1949) and “All about Eve” (1950). This special salute honored the centennial of his birth and celebrate the Mankiewicz family’s recent gift of his personal papers to the Academy.

The evening included a panel discussion with family and friends of Mankiewicz, hosted by Ben Mankiewicz, on-air co-host of “At the Movies” and great-nephew of Joseph Mankiewicz. This conversation was followed by a 50th anniversary screening of a restored print of the fascinating psychological drama “Suddenly, Last Summer,” adapted by Gore Vidal and Tennessee Williams from Williams’s play.

Katharine Hepburn and Elizabeth Taylor both earned Best Actress nominations for their portrayals of a fierce Southern matriarch (Hepburn) and her disturbed young niece (Taylor), whose different reactions to a traumatic death in the family present neurosurgeon Montgomery Clift with a horrifying dilemma.

Cast Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn, Montgomery Clift, Albert Dekker, Mercedes McCambridge, Gary Raymond, Mavis Villiers, Patricia Marmont, Joan Young, Maria Britneva, Sheila Robbins, David Cameron.

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz. Produced by Sam Spiegel. Screenplay Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams. Based on the play by Williams. Cinematography Jack Hildyard. Film Editing William W. Hornbeck (editorial consultant), Thomas G. Stanford. Production Design Oliver Messel. Art Direction William Kellner. Set Decoration Scot Slimon. Music Buxton Orr, Malcolm Arnold. Sound A.G. Ambler, John Cox. Horizon Pictures (G.B.) Ltd. in association with Academy Pictures and Camp Films. Columbia Pictures. 1959. 35mm. 112 mins. Print courtesy of Sony Pictures.

Event Information

Thursday, May 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA 90211

Academy Awards Facts

Suddenly, Last Summer

Academy Award nominee: Actress (Hepburn), Actress (Taylor), Black-and-White Art Direction (Messel, Kellner, Slimon)

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