On and off screen couple Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton team up again in this counterculture classic, based in libertine author Henry Miller’s abode of Big Sur, California. Taylor plays a free-spirited artist who resists authority, and Burton is a priest/instructor at a local private school.
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Seen again on screen, in a worn copy, years after my personal acquaintance of California, which contributes with a direct emotional recognition, in a film where affectivity, or rather, the construction about its possibility of/for representation is so crucial. Filming this way the nature and its spaces and integrating this way the human bodies in the spatiality of a frame is an immense work of an immense artist.
Terribly made. The editing and ADR are Appalling and Charles Bronson is basically playing Dick Shawn. Think about that: Charles Bronson is the comic relief! You know things are dire when Vincente Minnelli turned to Bronson and asked him to lighten things up a bit. But Taylor is radiant; has she ever looked more appropriate in a role? You can't take your eyes off of her, even when she gags on the horrific dialogue.
"A lot of people got it into their heads that the only thing the American moviegoer wanted to do was to stare at Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and they made movies accordingly."