Cinema: Obtuse Triangle

THE PUBLIC EYE

Directed by CAROL REED

Screenplay by PETER SHAFFER

After hearing but a few notes over the car radio, he can identify Mahler's Fifth Symphony. He can also quote Aldous Huxley. His paramour is both impressed and baffled. "Who's Aldous Huxley?" she asks.

It doesn't seem that such a relationship can endure, although we are made to endure every cloying moment of it in The Public Eye. He (Michael Jayston) is a highly paid English tax accountant; she (Mia Farrow), a slightly wilted California flower child marooned in London en route home from Katmandu. They first meet in a restaurant, where...

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