Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Reflections in a Golden Eye
I've always been intrigued by Reflection in
a Golden Eye (1967) because Elizabeth Taylor originally
wanted it for her and Montgomery Clift to star in.
Just thinking about them doing this, I could
imagine how wonderful it would of been.
Sadly, Monty died a few months before shooting
began. Then, Marlon Brando signed on to do the
film. Finally, this week I got a chance to watch
Reflections in a Golden Eye is based on a
novel by Carson McCullers. This 1967 film directed
by John Huston, stars Elizabeth Taylor
as Lenora Penderton married to Major
Weldon Penderton (Marlon Brando).Lenora is having
an affair with Lt. Col. Langdon (Brian Keith)
who is dealing with his wife Alison (Julie Harris)
depressed over a miscarriage three years ago.
Weldon (Marlon Brando) is obsessed with a young
Private ( a very young Robert Forster). This film
is full of longing, sexual repression and madness.
It is an odd and interesting film. If you like
your dramas with Southern Gothic flavor,
then you'll love Reflections in a Golden Eye.
Elizabeth Taylor is full of power and
sultriness. Marlon Brando is raw and vulnerable
in a way I never seen him before. I also have
to give love to the always wonderful Julie Harris.
Here's the original trailer for you.
P.S. Look out for the scene with Elizabeth in
a beautiful white dress and her riding crop in