The Comedians (1967)
Richard Burton wisecracks his way through this ostensibly ambitious contemporary political drama about the situation in Haiti during Papa Doc's reign. His sardonic, standoffish stance fits the material just as perfectly as it does his persona, because the film itself doesn't seem quite comfortable with its story. It tries to brainstorm all its political meanderings into place. And the romance alas feels contrived. It's as if Burton and Elizabeth Taylor couldn't muster up the passion they once had for each other – or at least not in a way that's palpable onscreen. The screenplay is by Graham Greene, based on his own novel. The film was a box-office failure.