Victim of Love: Clint Eastwood in THE BEGUILED (Universal 1971)


cracked rear viewer

beguiled1

THE BEGUILED was the third of five collaborations between star Clint Eastwood and director Don Siegel. It’s definitely the most offbeat, a Gothic Western set during the Civil War. Clint plays John McBurney, a wounded, half-dead Yankee found in the woods by one of the girls from Miss Martha’s Seminary for Young Ladies. What unfolds from there is unlike anything the duo ever did before or after, a tale of sexual desire and vengeance that’s one of the most unusual entries in the Western canon.

beguiled2

Clint Eastwood has one of his most unsympathetic roles as McBurney. Although we feel bad about the condition he’s in, we soon realize what an amoral, manipulative scoundrel he is. Flashbacks reveal his lies about his role in the Union Army. Even as he suffers some major “misery” (hint, hint) at the hands of Miss Martha, Clint’s McBurney isn’t a likeable figure. This offbeat casting probably contributed to the…

View original post 394 more words

3 responses to “Victim of Love: Clint Eastwood in THE BEGUILED (Universal 1971)

  1. Pingback: Cleaning Out The DVR Yet Again #25: Marie Antoinette (dir by Sofia Coppola) | Through the Shattered Lens

  2. Pingback: Lisa’s Way Too Early Oscar Predictions For January | Through the Shattered Lens

  3. Pingback: A Movie A Day #175: Telefon (1977, directed by Don Siegel) | Through the Shattered Lens

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.