Saturday, July 09, 2011

Reflection on Reflections

I've been going through a pile of old netflixes from the last month and came across John Huston's "Reflections in a Golden Eye. I'm not sure if I liked it or not but the look is amazing. All sepia toned except for a hint of red and green, supposedly the audiences of 1967 could not handle the look and a regular Technicolor version was released as well. Amazing night time work with a lightning storm at the end that is truly beautiful. Trying to find some reviews of the film brought about my own feelings..... "horribly miscast", "turgid erotica", "contradictory beauty" but somehow the reviews then veer into "the finest piece of work he [Huston] ever committed" and "Reflections" is a better film than we had any right to expect". Uneasy to watch but oddly satisfying afterwards.

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