Friday, December 30, 2011

Mystery Movie: REFLECTIONS OF PASSION (1975)

Theatrical release
December 1975
A William Rowland presentation

Television syndication info (circa 1981)
1979, starring Joe Schneider, Donna Anderson

"An upper class Englishman uses black magic as revenge on the artist who stole the heart of his fiancee."

"A 19th-century English officer conducts a campaign of terror against an artist."

1 comment:

Mike Mac said...

Xfinity TV, of all sources, adds another name to the mix: cast member Tanya George. According to the IMDb, George had acting credits from 1977 to 1998, and "miscellaneous crew" credits (mostly location scout and/or location manager) from 1993 to 1999.

And there is yet another (very brief) plot summary out there from a TV showing: "An artist falls in love with the woman he is hired to paint." That's from The Paris (TX) News, Friday, May 28, 1982, page 2, for a showing on Channel 11 on Tuesday, June 1. The only other TV showing that I've managed to find is from the same channel 11 in Paris, TX, on Thursday, February 19, 1981. I guess it isn't that likely that the station still would have a copy of the movie, after 30 odd years, but who knows? I also wonder if there is any evidence of the movie showing up anywhere outside of Texas, in theaters or on TV. El Paso and Paris aren't exactly twin cities- 700-plus miles lie between them, per Mapquest- but still, it makes me curious.

And is it possible that- in spite of the Olde England setting- that Reflections of Passion was shot somewhere in the US Southwest? The article says that William Rowland credited a Willard Scott for the film's special effects... and the IMDb says that Willard B. Scott was the "title designer" for 1972's The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean (shot in Arizona, mainly, but also Texas and California, per the IMDb). This is the only credit on the IMDb for Mr. Scott- and while title designer and special effects aren't exactly the same job, it isn't inconceivable that the same person could fulfill both tasks.... And for whatever it's worth, William Rowland (again per the IMDb) directed three movies in Mexico (Odio, Perfidia, and Woman Against Woman), and directed additional scenes for the shot-on-location Louisiana Hussy- so it doesn't sound like Texas would be unfamiliar territory for Mr. Rowland.

And on that newspaper ad- I'm guessing that the guy in the mirror staring directly at the viewer is supposed to be the upper-class Englishman/officer mentioned in the plot summaries, but he looks more like some sort of furry, glowing-eyed monster to me. He may look more like an upper-crust English officer in the original, but he sure looks odd in the ad as it now appears- almost like some monster from some movie at the back of my mind that I just can't quite remember...