Welsh writer Tyvian Jones seems to have it all, Sixties-style — an international best-seller, an apartment in Rome, a gorgeous fiancée — but remains dissatisfied. He soon meets his perfect match in the cool, calculating Eve…
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Wonder why this was such a flop w/ me. I guess it's not due to aggressive classicism sieging each frame as if the film assumed the role of its last outpost in the arts. Just when you think the detail couldn't get more hirsute, the edifice grows even more encrusted and overflourished like the 'Ideal Palace' of Postman Cheval or ineffectual electric jolts applied onto the corpse of its bad plot & despicable characters.
The film handles the same theme -obsessive and destructive love- than The Gypsy and the Gentleman, a film Joseph Losey directed four years earlier. As it is, the movie is still captivating. Highly recommended.
What at first seems like a sloppy film filled with pretension and facade becomes a carefully crafted film ABOUT pretension and facade, turning gender stereotypes and hip nonchalance against themselves to reveal the broken humans cowering underneath. Very good.
If only the original was available....though Losey admitted he might have gone too far in his first cut and apparently did agree to some of Hakim brother's changes. Who else composes shots like losey? Some amazing sequences.
Losey made social differences stand out. A Welsh coal miner's son and an orphaned French girl who survives by wanting money. Baker was a coal miner's son in real life. Hence the heightened irony. Losey tries to puts his stamp on this film and partly succeeds.