In the midst of trying to legitimize his business dealings in New York and Italy in 1979, aging Mafia don Michael Corleone seeks to avow for his sins while taking his nephew Vincent Mancini under his wing.
DIRECTORS MONTH: John Huston - Reflections in a Golden Eye - Huston's choice of topics are nothing if not eclectic. Film historians and auteur theorists have trouble pinning him down. Reflections in a Golden Eye is a screaming example of this.
Based on the novel by Carson McCullers and staring Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Brian Keith, Julie Harris, Robert Forster and Zorro David. The plot is filled with Southern Gothic staples: sexual repression, voyeurism and murder… and Elizabeth Taylor shouting… Lots of fun! The script is by Chapman Mortimer and Gladys Hill.
If you are lucky, even the cinematography is experimental and down-right strange. In the original release of the film, the entire image is saturated with a golden hue with one object in each scene a normal, vibrant color, like a red rose. Not every print of the film has this golden hue, so most of the time viewers will see a regular color print and not get the full effect Huston wanted for the final version of his film.
Weird story, great acting, especially from Brando, beautiful cinematography from Aldo Tonti and Oswald Morris. Music by Toshiro Mayuzumi.
''A Streetcar named desire'' (1951)
It is a magnificent piece of cinema, with an intricate script delivered by actors at the peak of their talents.
Leigh is unbearably brittle and fragile and she dances precariously on the edge of sanity. Marlon Brando embodies a sense of brooding masculinity that other men can only dream of attaining, while creating an enduring cinema icon and delivering one of the all-time great movie lines. From the raucous jazz score to the sleazy production design bathed in smoldering grey, 'Streetcar' is a class-act from beginning to end; sexy, brutal, and endlessly fascinating.