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The Beguiled

The Beguiled

The Beguiled

1971 / 105min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: DON SIEGEL

CAST: CLINT EASTWOOD, GERALDINE PAGE, ELIZABETH HARTMAN

SCREENPLAY - ALBERT MALTZ AND IRENE KAMP
CINEMATOGRAPHY - BRUCE SURTEES
MUSIC - LALO SCHIFRIN
PRODUCER - DON SIEGEL

Clint Eastwood gets taken down a peg or two (or three) by a houseful of sexually repressed women, and a turtle is caught in the crossfire. In Don Siegel’s moody Southern Gothic masterwork, he stars as a wounded Civil War soldier being cared for, lusted after, and, finally, psychologically and physically done in by the staff and pupils of an all-girl boarding school, headed up by Geraldine Page at her most imperious. The Beguiled is a Freudian hothouse, filmed with intense, gloomy precision by Bruce Surtees, who lensed such seventies essentials as Blume in Love, Lenny, and Escape from Alcatraz.

The Beguiled is screening as part of the series: Univeral in the '70s: Part II