Ash Wednesday (1973)

Ash Wednesday (1973, USA) C-85m. * D: Larry Peerce. Starring Elizabeth Taylor, Henry Fonda, Helmut Berger, Keith Baxter, Maurice Teynac. Turgid soaper about rich but unhappy Taylor and her disintegrating marriage to Fonda (who appears at film's resolution). She goes to Europe for a face lift, has doubts about herself and the world, meets gigolo Berger and contemplates cheating on her hubby. Maurice Jarre's score is appropriately melancholy and best thing about this ultra-boring misfire. Can't believe they made films like this (that pretty much disappeared despite star presence). Long live the 1970s. Original version ran 99m.


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