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Bette Davis: A Basically Benevolent Volcano (1983)

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A documentary about and an interview with Hollywood actress Bette Davis about her life and career from the late 1920s to the 1980s on stage and mostly before the camera.

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Horribly produced docu
16 June 2005 | by (North Carolina) – See all my reviews

This production is all over the map, mixing time-frames and interviews in an annoyingly haphazard manner.

Yes, the segments with then-healthy Davis are great, but they are joined with lame narration, and a confusing structure.

Having watched this immediately after an excellent Joan Crawford TCM docu, I was especially disappointed.

Being that this site requires ten lines, I'll include a side question. Has anyone read that hilarious book (whose title I have forgotten), detailing Miss Davis's bizarre stay at a family's home the year before she died?? Her home was in repair at the time. The true scenario is hilarious. OK, I just Googled, and it is "When Bette Davis Came for Dinner-And Stayed-And-Stayed-And Stayed" by Elizabeth Fuller. It's a hoot.

UPDATE: Catch the recent "Dick Cavett Show" DVD releases in 2006. The interview with Davis is fantastic.


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