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Reflections in a Golden Eye (Korean NTSC import)

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  • Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris, Gordon Mitchell
  • Directors: John Huston
  • Region: All Regions
  • Average Customer Review: 2.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005QNJUKM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,308 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All Region DVD - plays on all DVD players worldwide. English Dolby Digital audio, with optional English and Korean subtitles. English DVD menu. Case (as pictured) displays English and Korean text, with film synopsis in both languages. Film presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic wide screen.

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Huston is just so uneven, even within a film, he's uneven, as if to be too careful or unified or stylish is a sign of weakened manliness for the Hemingwayian man. However, you have to admire someone who has a bash at everything, and here, if you watch sympathetically, there are great things going on. By the end you have to admire the committed actors, and especially Brando. This is one of his ten best performances, I'd say, in a film which is trying, sometimes unsubtly, to dwell on notions of 'reflection' in all sorts of ways. Quite what that adds up to is not clear except a splintered set of reflections or opposites, all with an 'issue' and flawed by some awful 'emphatic' music. It would be so much better silent and with a still camera rather than having it wave around and zoom. It seems to be influenced by Sirk's 50s potboilers of repressed sexuality, but you really watch it for Brando whose wavering accent and high-pitched ever-so-slightly naturally camp delivery occasionally articulates as if he is on the London stage doing perfect RP Shakespeare. When, for instance, he pronounces 'chivalry' while standing by the mantlepiece, he could be one of Rattigan's equally repressed middle class public-school boys. There are faults and excesses throughout, but Brando almost reaches the specialness of his heyday.
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This film is certainly remarkable in John Huston's work : it's the film he made that's overlooked.He was a real director and made some brilliant films.This was controversially shot using a golden filter to reflect the mood and story,however this was changed a week after release to technicolour and was left that way.The DVD shows the initial intentions.Based on Carson McCullers novel,there is no ground-bass of common humanity,the characters are all freaks.We get tiny and grotesque deviations without any interpretations based on universal laws,'reflections in a golden eye'.We don't know why people act as they do,we can only deduce from the actions which arereflections. These exotics are figments of fancy glimpsed in a fire's embers.Sexual repression on an army base in North Carolina.We are given a printed screen at the start that a man was murdered down south.

Within these restrictions the film is beautifully filmed and acted.Brando has never been better,wound up,repressed as an army major,maintaining a façade of 'normalcy'.Hiding confusion,anger and desire,he's constantly fascinating to watch.Both Taylor and Harris are well cast as Brando's and Keith's unhappily married wives,who find solace through different means,one inactively and the other actively through sex.Keith becomes the `everyman' character with a lot of heart.Zorro Davis is indelible as the flamboyant `artistic' Philipino man-servant.Forster in his screen debut,the central voyeur,rides naked,sniffs lingerie and broods,acting like bait for Brando.The ensemble produce a powerful,melodramatic thrust in a drama about sexual identity and fitting square pegs into round holes. The central scene is when Brando rides Taylor's beloved horse unleashing acting of raw emotion.The comedy comes when Taylor regales Harris with all the food and drink she is laying on for the party.The film is headed by the remark:" An army post in peacetime is a dull place." Wow.
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With so many big names attached to a project (John Huston, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris) based on the work of Carson McCullers expectation are bound to run high, However, it is obvious that in 1967 Hollywood was obviously not ready no deal with the issue of homosexuality in any way mature way. In that sense it reflects the times: the less said about it the better. But then why make a film where it is clearly a major topic, but never addressed directly. Making it unnecessarily obtuse. Shame.
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By Kona TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 May 2013
Format: DVD
There's big trouble at a southern Army base: The colonel (Marlon Brando) is a closeted wacko married to a beautiful but cruel woman (Elizabeth Taylor); she's having an affair with his best friend (Brian Keith) while a mysterious, horse-loving, enlisted man is a freaky prowler.

This story of endless domestic turmoil is in the style of Tennessee Williams' work, but the script is confusing, shallow, and pointless with no likable characters to root for. Taylor's shrill, girlish voice is grating as is Brando's drawl which is so bad I needed subtitles. Brian Keith and Julie Harris, as his wife, are good but he's dull and she's spaced-out and dependent on a weird houseboy. The movie was originally filmed entirely in a dark, golden color which got old, fast. Also, the story is set in the 40s, but some of Taylor's wardrobe, make-up, and hairdos are right out of the sixties and her post-Cleopatra-look.

This is an incredibly disjointed and slow-moving film that meanders around some pretty dysfunctional people without ever addressing their shortcomings straight on. Taylor and Brando's acting can only be described as hammy and I was more confused than entertained.
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Very intense- intensely boring! A movie that would have been a thriller in its own era. Very shocking (at that time) to have nudity and unspoken references to being gay. To the modern viewer, however, it's poorly acted and very long winded, lacking pace and with a very predictable end.
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