Monday, October 24, 2016

X, Y and Zee (1972)

Original title: Zee and Co.

Director: Brian G. Hutton

Writer: Edna O'Brien

Composer: Stanley Myers

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, Susannah York, Margaret Leighton, John Standing, Mary Larkin, Michael Cashman, Gino Melvazzi

More info: IMDb

Tagline: An Absolute Ball

Plot: The venomous and amoral wife of a wealthy architect tries, any way she can, to break up the blossoming romance between her husband and his new mistress; a good-natured young widow who holds a dark past.

My rating: 6.5/10

Will I watch it again?  No.

For a while this gave me flashbacks to WHO'S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF? (1966) and in some ways that's justified.  They both feature a married couple who have some serious issues and a lot of bickering...and star Elizabeth Taylor.  There is more to it than that but that's the gist of what I was thinking at the time.  I really need to re-visit that exceptional film.   Anyway, this picture is a lot slower and I can see losing interest early on.  If you should see this, DEFINITELY try to stick through to the end as the final minutes deliver a lot of the power this film has.  It's a good picture despite the slow pacing.  The cast is excellent, especially Taylor.  She's wonderful.  And it's not because of this...

which I'm sure was a body double.  Caine gives  a fine performance, too.  If you don't like seeing couples fight then you don't want to see this.  That's about all these two do.  They have an unusual relationship that gets more complicated and vicious as it goes.  Zee (Taylor) becomes more of a bitch and Robert (Caine) shows more reasons why she's like that.  I'm still inclined to think that it's more her fault than his but I'd need more back story on the two before knowing for sure.  Either way, they'd only been married for five years and it's a horrible relationship.  If this sounds like your cup of tea, drink it.  But you're not getting any sugar.

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