Ash Wednesday (1973)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BB

USA, 1973.  New Gold Entertainment, Sagittarius Productions.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by , .  Film Editing by .  

Elizabeth Taylor plays an ageing housewife who decides to go in for a face lift in order to save her loveless marriage to Henry Fonda.  Naturally, the filmmakers made sure to hag Liz up a lot in order to make her post-surgery looks more impressive (which they definitely are).

After she glams up, she bags a hot young guy () at a posh European resort and then reunites with her husband, only to discover that their marital problems are a hell of a lot more than just skin deep.

The film actually shows the facial surgery in graphic detail, presumably to make a point about the unfortunate effort people put into bettering their lives through shallow-minded pursuits, but the eventual effect is far too off-putting for words.

To add insult to injury, the surgery scenes are just about the only parts of the movie that have any life to them; the rest is a complete bore.

Golden Globe Award Nomination:  Best Actress-Drama (Elizabeth Taylor)

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