Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB. USA, 1968. Palomar Pictures, The Associates & Aldrich Company. Screenplay by Lukas Heller, based on the play by Frank Marcus. Cinematography by Joseph F. Biroc. Produced by Robert Aldrich. Music by Gerald Fried. Production Design by William Glasgow. Costume Design by Renie. Film Editing by Michael Luciano. Golden Globe Awards 1968.
Beryl Reid is excellent as a British television star whose entire life comes crashing down in one fell swoop. First she begins to suspect that the network is about to kill off her popular television character, then she realizes that she might be losing the love of her faithful girlfriend (Susannah York). The powers that be don’t like how Reid is so unashamed of her lesbianism, and when we meet the one who is wooing York away from her we realize just how far gay invisibility can get you in your career. It’s a bit too murky a melodrama at times, but the acting is tops and the message still provocative today. A love scene between two women so shocked critic Pauline Kael that she described it as “frightening the horses!”