Reflections in a Golden Eye

1967

Action / Drama / Romance / Thriller

2
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 57%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 61%
IMDb Rating 7 10 5473

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Marlon Brando as Maj. Weldon Penderton
Elizabeth Taylor as Leonora Penderton
Harvey Keitel as Soldier
Robert Forster as Pvt. L.G. Williams
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Reviewed by alexanderdavies-99382 4 / 10

Turgid, unwatchable and a confusing narrative.

The career of Marlon Brando had reached an all time low by the time he made this perverted and confusing rubbish. The only reason I even considered watching "Reflections in a Golden Eye" was to see one of the definitive actors in cinema. Sadly, whatever expectations I may have had regarding the above film, quickly dissipated. The main problem with "Reflections in a Golden Eye," is that there is no plot to speak of. The scenes look as though they were hastily thrown together for the sake of it and there is no clear narrative. Presumably, the viewer is meant to employ guesswork in order to ascertain what on earth is going on. From what I can decipher, the setting is an army barracks somewhere in America. Marlon Brando is an officer stationed there and Elizabeth Taylor is his wife. They don't seem to have a particularly happy marriage as he displays homosexual tendencies toward his men. With Brando being a democratic, I daresay he was quite open to the idea of his character being that way inclined. During the 1950s, Brando truly was an acting powerhouse and exciting. He helped to re-invent American acting and gave the profession a new meaning. From the early 1960s, the public saw this talent only sporadically. His performance in the above film is hardly a testament to his ability. I consider his acting to be lazy and ill-disciplined. I can't understand why the film was photographed with a rather fierce hue of orange/yellow. It is hard on the eyes and only adds to my irritation and disappointment. Originally, Montgomery Clift was slated to play the Brando part as Clift was sure the movie would resurrect his ailing career. Elizabeth Taylor even offered to pay a considerable sum of money to ensure he would be cast (a seldom act of selflessness in Hollywood). It is just as well Montgomery Clift didn't bother in my opinion. Director John Huston made far better films than this ungodly dross, what was he thinking? For that matter, what was anyone associated with this film thinking? No doubt the director was striving to make his film both stylish and thought-provoking. He achieved neither.

Reviewed by LeonLouisRicci 8 / 10

Compelling & Significant...Chancy & Different...Strange Hollywood Fruit

A Must See for Film Buffs and Historians. By the Time this Odd, Divisive Film was made the Stars Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor had Careers that were Legendary.

They were Seasoned Big Names and could Venture into Perversity in Pictures that were Considered Unacceptable (by the Code) for Mass Distribution. The same could be Said of Director John Huston.

So with Unbridled Chutzpah They had at it. The Studio (WB) was Nervous. Ironically, the Film was Released with its Repressed Homosexuality and other Bizarre Sexual Peccadilloes Unedited. This Movie is Often Sighted as one of the Code Breakers and the Decision to Allow the Rating System, not the Repressed Urges of a Censorship Board to make the Choice.

Along with Brando and Taylor the Supporting Cast is Excellent. Julie Harris and Brian Keith do Excellent Work and a One Film Wonder Zorro David is also Memorable in His Portrayal of an Outwardly Flamboyant and Gay Companion for the Mentally Ill Harris.

It is Obviously Less Shocking Today but in 1967 the Film was Groundbreaking. The Slow-Burn, Melodramatic, Surreal Feel of the Film Divides Audiences and Critics. The Sexual Tension is at Times Frustrating because it Never Fully Ignites Until the Controversial, Over the Top Final Scene.

Huston Sights this as One of His Favorites and would be Pleased with the Recent Restoration of His Vision of a Golden Hue that Washes Out All of the Color, Except for RED.

With Respect, the Decision was Ill Advised. The Studio and the Initial Reaction and Premiere Audience Voiced Objection so the Movie was Pulled and the Typical Color Reinstated. Recent Disc Releases uses Huston's Version. Although Symbolic, after awhile it becomes Rather Mundane and Monotonous.

Overall, the Movie is so Strange and Compelling it is Worth a Watch for Fans of the Stars, the Director and for Taking a Chance on these Characters when others were Complacent or Outright Hostile to Change and Punished Anyone who Dared to be Different. The Times were a Changin.

Reviewed by patroklosmech 8 / 10

Good ingredients, near perfect concoction

This Southern erotic drama casts Taylor, Brando and Julie Harris, three actors of unrelated background to create perfectly cast roles. Harris had worked in a previous McCullers adaptation and had been nominated for an Oscar. Brando had his well known background and Taylor had just started her track into decline after a decade in the limelight. A number of factors derailed the intended result: Brando replaced other considered actors as Richard Burton and Montgomery Clift (who died just before filming began). On one side it is good that We were spared another Burton-Taylor pairing in the form of protagonists, although I think Burton would make a great love interest of Taylors in the role of her extramarital affair in this movie. Furthermore, Brando had been plagued by failures in the '60s and was not the hot billing he was back in the mid fifties though he is of course quite satisfactory here! The sepia tone and a general state of hypnotism and summer laziness are evident in the film and I think this makes it a little unbearable to watch uninterruptedly.

Also, the depiction of the locations of the events in the film do not provide much evident imagery that the film indeed unfolds in the South. It cold be anywhere in the warm states of the US. If I remember right, the novel was written not before World War II so it is almost contemporary to the film. No mentions or depictions of blacks, of the social routine in the South or the boiling discontent is depicted, much less is shown about segregation and racism. Of course I believe that, though unspecified, the exact place in the South that the film takes place is somewhere outside the Deep South. THat is supported by the film itself. Virginia, NC, Tennessee, Kentucky would be ideal for the setting of the film but not e.g. Mississippi. The setting is well restricted and confined. Finally, it is one of the cases I think a team of directors would do a better job than a single director. John Huston would be perfectly matched with a theatrical director to improve direction. To add a further positiv point, it is a film that really pushed the boundaries of erotic scenes and depictions. This is evident as there are scenes which you cannot believed were shot with the specific actors(!!!), especially a particular scene with Taylor that surprised me. Violence, sexual repression and a general atmosphere of desire boil into the film not always explosively but the film nonetheles deserves the characterisation of an erotic drama, in my opinion.

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