FRIDAY

Reflections in a Golden Eye, John Huston’s overlooked adaptation of Carson McCullers’ Southern gothic, is bookended by the laconically ominous quote, “There is a Fort in the South where years ago a murder was committed.” Long before he was menaced by the title character of 1980’s Alligator, Robert Forster (hot, even now with hair implants) tried to keep his ass from being bitten by an even scalier, albeit sexier beast—Marlon Brando’s lavender libido. Poor Marlon (pictured here in A Streetcar Named Desire) as Maj. Weldon Penderton tries so hard to impress the young private’s privates that his boozy, neglected wife, Leonora (Liz Taylor), must seek sexual solace in a not-so Family Affair with Brian Keith. Keith’s wife, Julie Harris, is almost catatonic after a miscarriage and must sate herself with her froggy little Filipino houseboy, played by Zorro David (at least when she isn’t trying to cut off her nipples with garden shears). Of course, Forster as Pvt. Williams is no bastion of sanity, either. He is obsessed with Leonora (natch) and likes to ride horses nekkid through the woods. Pretty goopy business from the author of The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter. Huston’s direction is superb, but the theme of repressed homosexuality and leaking ids spooked away the crowds. For me, however, the real scandal is that Reflections in a Golden Eye is currently only available in a horrible, pan-and-scan VHS format. The 35 mm version screens at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at the Library of Congress’ Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. (202) 707-5677. (David Dunlap Jr.)