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Beyond the Forest (1949)

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Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she ... See full summary »

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Rosa Moline is bored with life in a small town. She loves Chicago industrialist Neil Latimer who has a hunting lodge nearby. Rosa squeezes her husband's patients to pay their bills so she can visit Chicago; her husband's patience is also tried: he tells her to go and never come back. Once there, Neil tells her he doesn't want her. Back home and pregnant, Neil shows up and now wants her. The caretaker at Neil's lodge threatens to reveal her pregnancy... Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Is referenced in "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" Martha repeatedly asks George for the name of the movie where Bette Davis says, "What a dump!" See more »

Goofs

Prior to visiting lawyer's office, Rosa wipes off all her make-up, then is seen wearing bright lipstick during a close-up in waiting room, which immediately disappears for rest of scene. See more »

Quotes

Jenny: Mrs. Moline, let's not start calling each other names. I got some fancy ones saved up just achin' to be used.
Rosa Moline: You get out of this house! No red indian is gonna talk to me like that in my own house!
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The film begins after the opening credits with this warning title: This is the story of evil. Evil is headstrong - is puffed up. For our souls sake, it is salutory for us to view it in all it's ugly nakedness once in a while. Thus may we know how those who deliver themselves over to it end up like the scorpion, in a mad frenzy stinging themselves to eternal death. See more »

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Referenced in The Burglar (1957) See more »

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Music by Fred Fisher (1922)
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8/10 **** What Ever Happened to Bette Davis?
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BEYOND THE FOREST (1949)

Cast: Bette Davis, Joseph Cotten, David Brian.

Director: King Vidor.

King Vidor's delirious BEYOND THE FOREST is best appreciated as a dry run for Bette Davis' grotesque tour-de-force as "Baby Jane" in Robert Aldrich's black-comic thriller.

In such flamboyantly bizarre later films as DUEL IN THE SUN, THE FOUNTAINHEAD, RUBY GENTRY, WAR AND PEACE and SOLOMON AND SHEBA, Vidor demonstrated a perverse fetish for deliberate camp to the point of self-parody. In the universally derided BEYOND THE FOREST, Vidor indulges a florid Gothic Noir driven by Davis' insane performance as a wicked whore from hell.

Seen in this light, BEYOND THE FOREST is revealed as an absurdist fore-runner of such wildly over-ripe Davis extravagances as HUSH...HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE and THE ANNIVERSARY.

Horror Note: The name of Count Dracula's homeland, Transylvania, literally means "Beyond the Forest": "trans" (beyond), "sylvan" (forest). Just thought you might like to know.

Rating: OUTSTANDING.


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