This movie is so awful, it's torture to watch. I can see how it would have been charming on Broadway, but everything went wrong when they brought it to the big screen, starting with the cast: Elizabeth Taylor stars as an aging actress in turn-of-the-century Austria. She invites one of her paramours (and his family) for an elegant weekend in the country, and her other lover (and his wife) come, too.
Liz looks silly in too much black eye make-up and her little-girl voice butchers the only memorable song, "Send In the Clowns. Len Cariou has a very good voice, but his face is blank and dull and there's no chemistry with Taylor. Diana Rigg is elegant as always and blows everyone else out of the water.
It's supposed to be a too-too funny sex and morality play with music but none of the characters are likable or sympathetic; I didn't care who ended up with whom, I just wanted it to end. The songs seemed out of place with the silly plot, and the opening and closing device of staging it as a play made me dislike it immediately.
Liz is all wrong for turn-of-the-century Austria.
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