There are two things - why THE BEGUILED is a great movie. First - in this movie, Clint Eastwood played against his usual types. In THE BEGUILED, he's not a cool or tough hero like we used to see in Dollars Trilogy. In THE BEGUILED he played as an injured soldier. He's also a playboy and some kind of loser. Second, director Don Siegel succeed to give a nightmarish presentation in here. A great Southern Gothic genre...
Great premise ! Hasn't aged great given the 70s filmmaking style that is all over this film in a bad way. Siegel doesn't quite get the horror aspect right I don't believe. Can see why someone would want to update this. Haven't seen the remake but look forward to it. Great score. Clint is fun here slowly and methodically charming about every lil girl in the house regardless of age. Of course he goes for the hot one
The line readings are very 70s, and the characters so obviously horrid that you have to try to enjoy the film as an off-the-wall psycho-horror experiment if you are to extract any value from it at all. Unfortunately, I don't find Eastwood compelling, and the flashbacks are generally ham-fisted. Not seeing a Gothic masterpiece here, just a relic of 1970s filmmaking.
It's remarkable to consider that, in the same year Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood released the Right Wing action classic "Dirty Harry," they also collaborated on this simmering and claustrophobic film that still radiates with erotic menace. Although some may disagree, it's difficult not to read this as a horror movie - trading in those potent horror themes of sexual repression and mistrust between the sexes.
Perverse and cynical as excepted, Siegel goes far in this caricature of a fairy tale that becomes slowly a nightmare. Forget the suggestion of classical Hollywood, here it goes straight to the point. This young ladies are not innocent at all, quite the contrary, and this devil of a caporal is not a threat but the one who got captured (like a bird). Siegel dares everything and Eastwood is charismatic as hell..
Don Siegel's adaptation of the Southern Gothic novel by Thomas Cullinan resulted in one of his best pictures. One can practically feel the oppressive heat and the feeling of being caged in more ways than one. Performances are solid especially Geraldine Page who excels here.
Despite some decidedly queasy representations of characters, this film is just a lot of fun. Every frame is infused with a repressive heat that is constantly dialed up until the very end. Geraldine Page is compelling as the ideologically and sexually conflicted matriarch figure and I can't really blame the characters for getting all worked up about Clint.
Pathetic, straightforward and almost like a lesson of "sex education in the XIXth century" by Don Siegel. Wishy-washy performance by Clint Eastwood, though Geraldine Page gives pretty strong performance as the owner Martha. Enjoyed the simple and sincere song song during opening and closing credicts.
The genre alone prepped me for upcoming sanctimoniousness and transgressions. Themes I'd expect from a Southern Gothic film. And it didn't disappoint. How severely underrated this film was. Awesome cast, performances, story. Misleading trailer. Definitely not an action movie.
"Les femmes sont capables de tromperie, d'escroquerie, de meurtre, de tout. Derrière leur masque d'innocence se cache autant de scélératesse que vous pourriez en trouver chez un membre de la Mafia." Voilà ce que le réalisateur américain Don Siegel écrivait dans ses mémoires, des années après le tournage de son film mémorable, "Les Proies".