Set on an army base in the Deep South, the story revolves around Captain Penderton Marlon Brando , a morose high-commanding officer and pent-up homosexual who disguises his humiliation with sadomasochistic acts. Colonel Langdon Brian Keith , who is married to the troubled Allison Julie Harris , who slices off her own nipples after a disappointing pregnancy. Unlike many actors who had come up through the old Hollywood studio system, Taylor was never intimidated either by the moody, intellectual-seeming Method guys—she had held her own, and then some, with Clift, James Dean, and Paul Newman—or classically trained Brits like her husband, Burton. They're a pretty steamy couple. As Brando plays the character, though, he is always at least a little more than that, and at times even approaches the grandeur of a very unlikely tragic hero.
Reflections in a Golden Eye, 1967, Starring: Marlon Brando, Elizabeth Taylor and Julie Harris. But was it meant to convey something? This Southern erotic drama casts Taylor, Brando and Julie Harris, three actors of unrelated background to create perfectly cast roles. In fact, Huston deserves top marks for this film. Murray Weincheck, a cultured and sensitive soldier who is being harassed out of the army by his superiors. In this unusual but endlessly engrossing movie, he is a marvel. The film does not create a world that feels realistic. Although Symbolic, after awhile it becomes Rather Mundane and Monotonous.
When she began Army Post, McCullers was all of twenty-two years old, a sickly young woman from Georgia who had already been married for two years and had already written a novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, that had been accepted by a major publisher. . This film has a lot more, including an excellent cast. Julie Harris's performance is nothing short of sensational and Zorro David as her loyal Anacleto starts as a caricature and ends as one of the stalwarts of the piece. But the characters here are vastly different from the characters portrayed in both of those other films. Major Penderton Marlon Brando is a hard-driving Army officer married to Leonora Elizabeth Taylor.
Next door, a neurotic and self -doubting woman lives with her husband, , who is really a pretty decent sort, even though he is Miss Taylor's lover. When people think they are unobserved they act much differently, comforting themselves in ways that are not provided for in the conventions that surround them. Widely misunderstood at the time of its release, John Huston's adaptation of the Carson McCullers novel is a witty and provocative tragicomedy in which none of the characters succeeds in escaping from their own self-imposed prisons. Miss Taylor, as his wife, plays a domineering, emasculating female who rides a white stallion and carries, a whip in case you missed the symbolism. The idea is good, but the story plays like a sort of discarded Tennessee Williams play.
He spends many of his idle hours in his home office, dreaming on little treasures or beefcake photos. She and Penderton have separate bedrooms. Penderton goes to the room and shoots Williams dead. And because he's enlisted in the army his life is regimented. After Chaplin—whose filmmaking technique was, to put it mildly, not amenable to the kind of spontaneity that brings out the best in actors like Brando—Huston, who liked and trusted actors and let them discover their characters with minimal interference, must have been a huge relief. A few years later, John Huston became interested, and roped in Elizabeth Taylor, then arguably the biggest star in the movie world, to play Leonora. I liked Brian Keith's portrayal of the laconic Lt Col Langdon, who cares for his wife deeply, but who doesn't agonize unduly over the moral dimensions of his affair with the voluptuous Leonora Presumably, the entire post is aware of this relationship with the sole exception of Major Wendel, who is treated with ill-disguised contempt by just about everyone.
Brando was far more the type. It is just as well Montgomery Clift didn't bother in my opinion. But who was murdered, and who was the murderer? Although he says barely nothing, Robert Forster as the object of Brando's desire is a mystery. 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. Overall it's an intelligent film whose main theme is repression and ultimate frustration of desire with it's tragic consequences. He eventually breaks into the house and watches Leonora sleep at night. Reflections of a Golden Eye is not a fantastic film in itself.
Or could it be, perhaps, that it was too good? John Huston directed, boldly and with flourish. This movie isn't for everybody. Elizabeth Taylor had put her own salary as a collateral for insurances purposes. Risking criticism, he seems to be the other end of the spectrum from Brando, meaning flamboyant as opposed to introverted. End result: the book is infinitely better than Huston's erratic, muddled handling of the rather ignoble material.
Not only did it star two of the hottest stars of the day Liz Taylor and Marlon Brando , but its plot was very, very adult--with themes of adultery, sadism, homosexuality, perversions I cannot classify what's with the horse and that naked guy?! Williams appears still naked, and takes the horse. So with Unbridled Chutzpah They had at it. Elizabeth Taylor and Marlon Brando in Reflections in a Golden Eye dir. And the movie, besides, had an unusual visual style. But Private Williams is himself a pretty forlorn specimen of humanity, a country boy, unsocialized as a new-born puppy, whose first glimpse of a naked woman—Leonora—drives him to some mighty creepy, obsessive behavior; he takes to slipping into her bedroom at night to watch her sleep. The greater part of the story revolves around the dynamics of these two marriages in the fishbowl world of the rural army post.