Cinema: Freudian Geometry

X Y & ZEE

Directed by BRIAN G. MUTTON Screenplay by EDNA O'BRIEN

Talk about your bad marriages. Robert (Michael Caine) is a successful London architect wedded—or perhaps welded—to an aging spitfire named Zee (Elizabeth Taylor). Zee has a shape like a brioche and an armor-piercing tongue she uses to lash Robert into line. Robert loves it. He flaunts his casual affairs so that she can drown him in venom. Hatred, in fact, is the single sign of life in their relationship.

Robert's extramarital indulgences remain cursory until he spots Stella (Susannah York) across a crowded room. A friend (Margaret Leighton, in a see-through...

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