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 ...
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Olivia de Havilland,
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 obsessive Duchesse de Praslin, she instantly incurs the wrath of her mistress, who is insanely jealous of anyone who comes near her estranged husband. Though she saves the duchess's little son from a near-death illness and warms herself to all the children, she is nevertheless dismissed by the vengeful duchess. Meanwhile, the attraction between the duke and Henriette continues to grow, eventually leading to tragedy. Written by
Bette Davis remarked of her director that "Litvak had it all on paper; he planned every move. There is not the spontaneity or flexibility". She found him very heavy-handed and inflexible in his direction which may partly explain her own performance which does not rank with her best. See more »
An error, not in the film itself, but in the Warner DVD commentary on the film, may confuse IMDb readers who consult the credits list. In his commentary, at about 14:45, Daniel Bubbeo identifies the actor playing the household priest (Abbe Gallard) as Walter Hampden, but this is an error. Walter Hampden plays Pasquier, the King's chief minister who leads the murder prosecution in the second part of the film. The actor playing Abbe Gallard is Fritz Leiber. Possibly Bubbeo was misled by a superficial resemblance between the two actors -- both being tall men with prominent noses. But in any case, the IMDb cast list is correct, and Bubbeo is in error. (For another prominent role of Walter Hampden, see his rendering of the Archdeacon in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a year earlier.) See more »
Duc de Praslin:
Oh, please don't go. Don't even move.
Duc de Praslin:
I might say don't move because, as you sit there, the firelight is so beautiful on your hair. I might say don't move because this is All Souls' Day, and you mustn't disturb the spirits. And again, I might say don't move because this is a moment so full of understanding that I can't bear to see it come to an end.
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This is among my favorite Bette Davis movies. While not perfect, the story and romance suck you right in and make it hard to stop watching.
Ms. Davis plays against type, as she is the almost sickeningly wonderful nanny who ultimately beguiles married Charles Boyer. You see, Bette is hired to care for his children because his wife is a self-centered hypochondriac and has less maternal instincts than the average hamster. However, despite Boyer falling for the nanny, the nanny is chaste and won't consider breaking up the marriage--even if it is such an unhappy one. Eventually, the wife realizes that her husband has fallen head over heels and what she does in response is too good to divulge--it would help to ruin the movie for you.
If you want great acting, a tight script and a bit of a soapy romance (and who doesn't now and again?), give this movie a try.
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