X Y & Zee (1972)

BRIAN G. HUTTON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB

Alternate title:  Zee And Co.

United Kingdom, 1972, .  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  Golden Globe Awards 1972.

Trash should always be this fun. Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Caine have no end of fun camping it up in this melodrama, in which they play a married couple who have their brittle relationship tested when Caine meets Susannah York at a party and begins an affair with her.  She’s a soft-spoken widow with whom he has peaceful conversations and sweet lovemaking sessions before going home to the ravings and wild sexy times with his wife.  Taylor reacts to their relationship by pretending to be worldly and sophisticated at first, but when she starts inviting the young woman to dinners and evenings at the house it becomes clear very quickly that she is out to destroy their relationship by participating in it.  Scene after scene of arguments, insults and accusations are performed at a fever pitch until the conclusion has Taylor exert her power in a way that only the seventies can explain.  The whole thing is completely ridiculous, but watching these stars shine is a pleasure and, whether intentional or not, the film is hilariously funny.

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