Flora 'Sissy' Goforth (Taylor, in a part written for an older woman) is a terminally ill woman living with a coterie of servants in a large mansion on a secluded island. Into her life comes a mysterious man, Angelo Del Morte (then-husband Burton, in a part intended for a very young man). The mysterious man may or may not be "The Angel of Death".
The interaction between Goforth and Del Morte forms the backbone of the plot, with both of the major characters voicing lines of dialogue that carry allegorical and Symbolist significance. Secondary characters chime in, such as "the Witch of Capri" (Coward). The movie mingles respect and contempt for human beings who, like Goforth, continue to deny their own death even as it draws closer and closer. It examines how these characters can enlist and redirect their fading erotic drive into the reinforcement of this denial.
The film was received poorly by critics, and maintains an 8% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.Rotten Tomatoes page: "" It would lead to an array of other later movie bombs that both Burton and Taylor did together and apart, and while they tried to make good movies, Burton and Taylor found themselves hit with poor scripts,... Read More