The Comedians (1967)

PETER GLENVILLE

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA/France, 1967.  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Screenplay by , based on his novel.   Cinematography by .   Produced by .   Music by .   Production Design by .  Film Editing by .  

Peter Glenville followed his brilliant Becket with this terrible adaptation of Grahame Greene’s novel. It stars  as a hotel owner in Haiti who gets involved with the political turbulence under “Papa Doc” Duvalier’s terrifying military regime on the island.  stars as the wife of a European ambassador () who is having an affair with Burton. Despite the complications from their relationship, Burton’s politically dubious hotel guests and his friendship with a rebel leader, the plot is basically about nothing and the romance isn’t spicy enough to make up for it. The performances from the entire cast are lifeless, including a bored Burton and a useless Taylor (though I’ll give her South African accent credit). An all-star cast appears in support, but the script is so bland that they too eventually blend into the background.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Supporting Actress (Lillian Gish)

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