There is something about women that requires them to cry now and then for their well being. Do not ask me what it is. Viewing this movie periodically seems to accomplish that purpose. It evidently was the custom to withhold information from each other and be stoic about medical problems. If you tried that today you would be sued and there would be no movie. However if this one works for her then you are ready for the big time "Now Voyager (1942) ASIN: B000021Y6K" where they say "Don't ask for the moon--we have the stars" Of course if you just like stoic doctors then watch "People Will Talk (1951) ASIN: 630310245X" with Cary Grant
Warner Bros. Pictures presents "DARK VICTORY" (1944) (104 min/B&W) -- Starring: Bette Davis, George Brent, Humphrey Bogart, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Ronald Reagan, Henry Travers, Cora Witherspoon, Dorothy Peterson, Virginia Brissac, Charles Richman
Directed by Edmund Goulding
A quote from Bette Davis in her finest hour in "Dark Victory" -- "Nothing can hurt us now. What we have can't be destroyed. That's our victory - our victory over the dark. It is a victory because we're not afraid".
An actress who was at the top of her game at the time of the release of this film, Bette Davis displays a marvelous gamut of emotions which layer her facial features and body language. Geraldine Fitzgerald, playing her friend and secretary Ann, is equally understated but moving as the one who stays by Judith's side
Swept into the current of events was Bogart playing an Irish horse trainer, who fails in an attempt to make love to her, yet encourages her to enjoy her time with her true love, George Brent.
Davis provides scene after scene with the special magic only she was able of bringing vividly to the screen.
This without a doubt one of the finest films of Bette Davis career, heart-wrenching, with her skill evident in every scene she's in. With an able supporting cast, especially by Geraldine Fitzgerald and George Brent, and a fine Max Steiner score, films don't get much better than that. I loved the scene where she orders "prognosis negative" in a restaurant just to let Brent and Fitzgerald know that she knows she's been lied to about her condition - what a show stopper that is.
Nominated Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role (Bette Davis), Best Music, Original Score (Max Steiner), Best Picture (Warner Bros. and First National).Lire la suite ›