The Killing of Sister George, now available in an excellent widescreen transfer on DVD (no extras), was one of Aldrichís personal favorites, but also one of his most problematic in its production and reception. The huge success of The Dirty Dozen gave him the money to start his own studio in August 1968. "The Associates and Aldrich," as the company was called, would allow him the freedom to tackle more personal projects, and first up was Frank Marcusís hit play The Killing of Sister George. This controversial property was a good fit for Aldrich, who was always drawn to outsiders and the ways they manage (or fail) to survive in a crass culture that wonít tolerate truths that arenít sugar-coated.
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