Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
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This dreary story of the latent desires of the sexually repressed and psychologically tormented is taken from the 1944 novel by Carson McCullers. Major Penderton (Marlon Brando) is a hard-driving Army officer married to Leonora (Elizabeth Taylor). The impotent Penderton hides his latent homosexuality under his strict military discipline, while Leonora is having an affair with Lt. Colonel Langdon (Brian Keith), who is married to the troubled Allison (Julie Harris), who slices off her own nipples
Oct 11, 1967 Wide
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Maj. Weldon Penderton
Lt. Col. Morris Langdon
All that remains praiseworthy is the film's extraordinary photographic technique.
Either you like this movie a lot or you run screaming for the exit; I find it rough going.
All in all, a superbly controlled exercise in the malevolent torments of despair.
Director John Huston is very careful not to share any beauty with us, there's one stunning shot of swirling dust, accentuated by the golden hue, but it's far off in the distance. If the characters can't have pleasure, neither should we.
A weird picture based on a slim novel by Carson McCullers, this movie fails to engender any sympathy or interest due to several miscalculations.
Brando gives perhaps his worst ever screen performance, not counting Christopher Columbus: The Discovery.
Unintentional silliness, intentional simpering, awkward movement and mega-name miscasting abound in this 1967 John Huston film.
Huston adds a panting melodrama to the whole affair and throws in some rampant symbolism for good measure, but it's a joy to watch such a stellar cast at work.
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