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SUE LYON SHUFFLES A DEADLY EXPLOITATION DECK IN 'TAROT'

year: 1973 cast: Sue Lyon, Fernando Rey, rating: **1/2
Fernando Rey, the suave actor best known for THE FRENCH CONNECTION as the resilient drug lord taking a busman’s holiday in New York City, gets mixed up with LOLITA herself, Sue Lyon...

Who, over a decade since her star-making role in the Stanley Kubrick classic, had a sexy weathered look with cheap blue eyeliner, glazed/glossy eyes and a personal penchant for dirt bikes...

Albeit completely befitting a dusty exploitation from Spain titled TAROT, also known as THE MAGICIAN, ANGELA or AUTOPSY... you choose... Beginning with a semi-psychedelic opening credit sequence related to the film’s title: a collage of those spooky cards, including Death on a Horse, than can foresee the future no matter how bleak…

Sue Lyon starring in TAROT aka THE MAGICIAN
Enter Lyon’s vulnerable, naïve yet world-weary Angela as a Tarot card reader and, partnered with a handsomely lean and vile, panther-like con artist Marc (Christian Hay)...

She marries Rey’s blind millionaire Arthur, residing in a plush villa and he’s more demanding than a… rich guy with a trophy wife.

Much of TAROT plays out like a, well, really low budget foreign film shot on a shoe-string budget with pulpy dialogue obviously looped, faintly heard behind soap opera soundtrack. Yet the Spanish locations are beautiful, especially the mansion with a swimming pool at the base of a sublime stone staircase.

Sue Lyon with Fernando Rey in TAROT
Scenes between Rey and Lyon far exceed those where the heroine is manipulated by her gold digging/ever-plotting lover. And a few decent twists occur sporadically, making this a tad better than most Neo Noir imports…

Arthur’s poker-faced maid is, right from the start, wary and suspicious, sticking to the young couple like gum on a school desk...

The suspense relies on how long the whiny millionaire will live before someone, anyone, takes him to the other side... But what makes this truly watchable is Lyon herself, the iconic blonde temptress wearing close to nothing while, of all things, seducing a blind man... Now that's impressive!
Sue Lyon in the beginning of TAROT aka THE MAGICIAN
Sue Lyon gives herself to Fernando Rey in TAROT
Sue Lyon is born to be wild in TAROT
Sue Lyon dines beautifully in TAROT
Sue Lyon deals loaded cards in TAROT
Sue Lyon sheds croc tears in TAROT
Fernando Rey plays the pawn in TAROT
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  1. This movie looks familiar to me. It's the picture of Sue Lyon on the motorcycle that brings back the memory. Either way I definitely need to check it out. Great review.

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