Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB. USA, 1973. New Gold Entertainment, Sagittarius Productions. Screenplay by Jean-Claude Tramont. Cinematography by Ennio Guarnieri. Produced by Dominick Dunne. Music by Maurice Jarre. Production Design by Phil Abramson. Costume Design by Edith Head, Annalisa Nasalli-Rocca. Film Editing by Marion Rothman. Golden Globe Awards 1973.
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 (Helmut Berger) 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.