Tuesday, April 06, 2010

TOP 300 MOVIES OF ALL TIME: #290 "JEZEBEL" (1938)


Directed by William Wyler, "Jezebel" is classic Warner Brothers costume drama. It was widely speculated this film was optioned specifically for Bette Davis, who was passed over in favor of Vivien Leigh for "Gone With the Wind". This film lacks the grandiosity of GOTW, but is high drama in any case.

Bette Davis does not disappoint in the role and would go on to win her second and last Oscar in her performance. It is a tour de force.

The rest of the cast, including Henry Fonda as the leading man and husband is fine, but not overly inspiring. It's a Bette Davis show all way.

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