It’s not one of his best known films admittedly, and flopped at the time of release, but the 1971 Clint Eastwood-starrer The Beguiled is regarded by many as a film of considerable quality and is certainly very original and the most offbeat of the five films Eastwood made for director Don Siegel. It’s a film I keep intending to review for HCF, but never get around to it. If you’ve never seen it, the adaptation of a Thomas P. Cullian book is:
“Set during the American Civil War and tells what happens when a young girl from an all-female Confederate boarding school comes across an injured Union soldier. The school takes him in to help him recover, but he cons his way into their hearts and the women start to fight with him and each other for his attention”.
This may not sound too interesting, but believe me it is and turns very dark and psychologically complex indeed. It’s another film which doesn’t need a remake, but we’re getting one anyway. Arrow in the Head informs us that Sofia Coppola is going to direct, and that three actresses have signed on to portray characters at the boarding school. Nicole Kidman is set to play Head Mistress Martha Farnsworth, stepping in for the original’s Geraldine Page, Kirsten Dunst will play one of the teachers, and Elle Fanning will be one of the students. No word on who is writing the screenplay yet, nor who is taking on the part that Eastwood played, though apparently the search is on for “a Chris Pratt type”.
I’ve only seen one of Coppola’s films, Lost In Translation which despite receiving much praise I didn’t like much at all, and I just hope this doesn’t lead to more Eastwood classics being re-done. Can you imagine anyone else playing Dirty Harry?