Directed by John Huston • 1967 • United States
Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith
“An Army post in peacetime is a dull place.” So begins Carson McCullers’s famous novel of secret passion, REFLECTIONS IN A GOLDEN EYE. But beneath the smooth surface of military routine, a deadly tension mounts. Marlon Brando and Elizabeth Taylor star in John Huston’s startling and complex screen adaptation. He’s a hidebound career officer wrestling with his homosexual desires; she’s a caged lioness desperate for love, whatever the source. Their troubled relationship plays out under the voyeuristic gaze of a young soldier (Robert Forster) soon to become the focal point of the tragedy. Though the film was released theatrically in color, this sepia-tinted version was Huston’s preferred version.