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The Beguiled (1971)

Thriller | 93 minutes
3,38 247 votes

Genre: Thriller / Drama

Duration: 93 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Don Siegel

Stars: Clint Eastwood, Geraldine Page and Elizabeth Hartman

IMDb score: 7,2 (18.591)

Releasedate: 31 March 1971

The Beguiled plot

"One man...seven women...in a strange house!"

During the American Civil War, an injured Yank is saved from death by a girl who attends a girls' school in the southern United States. She makes sure he can be looked after at school. When he slowly recovers, the women fall for his charms, but a climate of hatred and deceit develops.

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avatar van mrklm


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When a wounded Yankee soldier [Eastwood] receives care and shelter at a girls' boarding school in hostile territory, he uses a dangerous combination of charm and lies to get what he wants and needs. In doing so, he mainly focuses on the young teacher Edwina [Elizabeth Hartman], but also with the headmaster Martha [Geraldine Page] and the 17-year-old Carol [Jo Ann Harris] releases the soldier's sexual feelings so that he can slowly get to grips with the situation. but definitely lose.

Fascinating, pleasantly perverse psychological drama features excellent acting across the board, atmospheric camera work by Bruce Surtees and inventive direction by Don Siegel, who manages to evoke a brooding, mysterious atmosphere through unusual camera angles. Siegel also makes effective use of flashbacks to give the characters more depth and keep the tension that keeps you captivated until the final twist. Not to be confused with the extremely weak remake of Sofia Coppola from 2017!

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avatar van scorsese


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Excellent film in which a wounded soldier is cared for by a group of women at a girls' school. A simple, but original story set during the American Civil War. The relationship between the man and the women is strongly developed and creates the necessary tensions. Despite this being an atypical role for Clint Eastwood, he was ultimately well cast here.

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avatar van Collins


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A remarkable role by Clint Eastwood. In the film based on the book A Painted Devil by Thomas P. Cullinan, he plays a wounded soldier of the enemy army who is hidden and nursed in a girls' boarding school. Eastwood also plays the hard macho here. That aspect of his role is not remarkable. What is special is that his character is no more than an object that is not in control, but is completely at the mercy of the women in the boarding school. He is far removed from his status as an action hero here.

So get used to it. Still, The Beguiled is a fairly exciting film. Exciting psychologically. A house full of women who have lived for years without male attention and a soldier who has not seen and possessed a woman for a while. That means a mountain of repressed sexual feelings and a mountain of mutual competition and jealousy. Interesting cost, but not always presented convincingly.

The film looks like a strange fever dream. At one moment somewhat ridiculous because of the sometimes comical overacting and the unusual (re)actions of the characters, while at the other moment a penetrating, disturbing chord is very precisely touched. The film waddles back and forth from coarse to subtle, so that the tense situation never fully blossoms.

And ah. It's a hopeless psychological battle. In the end, those damned women draw the short straw again. Shakespeare said it, "Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned."

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