Monday, 22 August 2011

Perusings from a Poplar Paradise

Brando and Liz Taylor star in the peculiar melodrama Reflections in a Golden Eye from 1967. Set on an equestrian military base, Brando plays a tormented, closeted Major married to a promiscuous, gossipy Taylor who carries out her affairs with little discretion, throw in a genitally mutilated neighbour and her uber-camp houseboy and a troubled voyeur/stable hand and a heady, gothic brew foments. Stylishly shot in a sticky golden hue the lives and loves of the characters drift inexorably towards tragedy and though sharply scripted and well crafted by John Huston without the skills of the actors involved this would have descended into a sweaty bedroom farce. Still it's definitely worth a watch if only for it's audacious examination of sexual proclivities.

Luc Besson's Angel-A follows the fortunes of a small time hood who, on the verge of suicide, gains the assistance of a mysterious 6ft blonde with a penchant for cigarettes. Beautifully shot in black and white this urban fantasy has bags of easy charm and wit as we witness the lead's relationship blossom during their Parisian wanderings. It might not appeal to fans of Fifth Element or Nikita but this light romantic fable has some unexpected depths.

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