Thursday, July 17, 2008

Movie: The Beguiled

The Beguiled 1971
Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page
While imprisoned in a Confederate girls boarding school, a Union soldier cons his way into each of the lonely women's hearts.

Possibly my all-time favorite Clint Eastwood movie. Every character is conniving, scheming, lying and under-handed. Clint works it hard, playing pitiful, sexy, pious and aggressive with equal ability. The females are all equally talented, portraying their various emotions and outward appearances with sincerity. The young actresses are very well cast.

This movie is a precursor to Misery, in that "I'd cut off his leg just to make him love me" kind of way. And just as Clint's character will say, sleep or do anything to get what he wants (to escape), so too will all the women say, sleep or do anything to get what they want - a man!

This is a classic early 70's movie - the cheesy music and funky camera moves add to the charm.
The loose sexual morality (plus lesbian and incestuous undertones) just add to the surreal atmosphere.

While this is not the deepest, best written or even fully thought-out movie, it is a crazy roller-coaster ride of naughty emotions, supported by great acting.

We recorded this off of one of the Encore Movie channels. You definitely want the R-rated, uncut version. If you get a chance to see it, don't miss it!

And then you just might be one of "the beguiled", along with the entire cast!

No comments: