Reflections in a Golden Eye
) is a film directed by John Huston
based on the 1941 novel of the same name
by Carson McCullers
that deals with the theme of repressed homosexuality
. The film starred Marlon Brando
, Elizabeth Taylor
, Brian Keith
, and Julie Harris
The film tells a tale of six central characters, their failures, obsessions and darkest desires. Set in a military camp, it tells the story of Capt. Weldon Penderton (Brando) and his wife Leonora (Taylor). Other central characters are Maj. Morris Langdon (Keith) and his sick wife Alison (Harris), the Langdons' houseboy Anacleto (David) and a mysterious soldier, Pvt. Williams (Forster).
The story begins at an Army base in the 1940s. Maj. Penderton assigns Pvt. Williams to a private house call instead of his usual duty, which is maintaining the stables. Meanwhile we are introduced to Maj. Penderton's wife, Leonora, who is about to go horseback riding
with Maj. Langdon. From the first scene with Leonora the viewer is aware of her extramarital affair with Langdon, as well as her strong bond with her horse, Firebird. Also a point made in the film is Williams's strong bond with all the horses in the stable. On one of their rides, Langdon and Leonora witness Pvt. Williams riding nude.
Leonora and Penderton have an argument that same night which Williams witnesses through a window of their home, which develops into Williams spying on them from outside at first, then breaking into the house and... Read More