Popular and beautiful Fanny Trellis is forced into a loveless marriage with an older man, Jewish banker Job Skeffington, in order to save her beloved brother Trippy from an embezzlement charge and predictable complications result.
When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and ... See full summary »
Set in antebellum New Orleans during the early 1850's, this film follows Julie Marsden through her quest for social redemption on her own terms. Julie is a beautiful and free spirited, rapacious Southern belle who is sure of herself and controlling of her fiancé Preston Dillard, a successful young banker. Julie's sensitive but domineering personality--she does not want so much to hurt as to assert her independence--forces a wedge between Preston and herself. To win him back, she plays North against South amid a deadly epidemic of yellow fever which claims a surprising victim. Written by
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Bette Davis first met William Wyler in 1931 when she auditioned for a part in his film A House Divided (1931). She was late and had hurriedly put on a size 8 dress that was cut very low. As she walked by she heard Wyler say to one of his crew members "What do you think of these dames who show their tits and think they can get jobs?". Davis was completely humiliated by his comment and hadn't forgotten it when they later met to discuss working on Jezebel (1938). The irony was that Davis had a reputation for foregoing her sex appeal - often appearing without make-up. See more »
At the dressmaker's shop Julie holds up the red dress in front of her to see how it looks. It has sleeves. She takes it home with her and shows it to Preston. The next day is the ball and when she appears in it,the dress is now sleeveless. See more »
"Jezebel" was filmed at a time when color films were still rare.And it's really a pity ,because the scene of the red dress ,lavishly filmed by William Wyler,deserved it.No one films the ball scenes like Wyler used to do (think of that in "Wuthering Heights")Even if they did a remake in color anyway,it would be hard to find another Bette Davis.She gives a first-class performance .Take for instance the scene when Pres (Fonda) introduces Amy to Julie.Davis's attitude is remarkable in its suppressed anger and hatred.I cannot think of another actress playing like this.Davis also shines during the dinner when Buck speaks of the traitor Garrison,and she makes veiled hints at another treason.Mad jealousy emerges again when she regrets that women are not allowed to fight a duel.
Outside the ball scene,which is worth the price of admission alone,the scene when Davis sings with the children is still impressive today.But the yellow fever (jack) epidemic ,with its wagons full of bodies en route to the leprosaria (the Lazaret)can also still grab today's audience.
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