The Public Eye 1971 ***


Sir Carol Reed’s last film, after his famous musical Oliver!, was an gossamer-light adaptation of Peter (Amadeus, Equus) Shaffer’s hit play, with Michael Jayston as Charles, a British accountant who suspects his American wife (Mia Farrow) is having an affair. Charles hires unconventional detective Julian (Topol) to investigate, and part of the charm is seeing Julian follow her through the bust streets of 1970 London to the tune of John Barry’s lush Follow Me. Like all of Shaffer’s work, twist and turns follow without too much contrivance, and this little-known drama has a haunting romantic feel that sits well with the smart dialogue.


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