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Captured on Film: The True Story of Marion Davies (2001)

An exploration of actress Marion Davies, including her relationship with newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and her life both before and after her movie career.

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Hugh Munro Neely

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Elaina Archer (as Archer, Elaina B.), Hugh Munro Neely | 1 more credit »
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Charlize Theron ... Self - Narrator (voice)
Jeanine Basinger Jeanine Basinger ... Self
Cari Beauchamp ... Self
Robert Board Robert Board ... Self (as Bob Board)
Kevin Brownlow Kevin Brownlow ... Self
Charles Champlin ... Self
Marion Lake Marion Lake ... Self (as Mary Collins)
Stanley Flink Stanley Flink ... Self
Frederick Lawrence Guiles Frederick Lawrence Guiles ... Self
Belinda Vidor Holiday Belinda Vidor Holiday ... Self
Virginia Madsen ... Self
Constance Moore ... Self
Suzanne Vidor Parry Suzanne Vidor Parry ... Self
Carl 'Major' Roup ... Self (as Carl Roup)
George Sidney ... Self
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An exploration of actress Marion Davies, including her relationship with newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and her life both before and after her movie career.

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Well, Was She Or Wasn't She?
15 July 2015 | by strong-122-478885See all my reviews

With a considerable amount of earnest determination, this 60-minute documentary about actress Marion Davies tried to do 3 things (which I've listed below).

(1) It tried to dispel the negative image Davis earned from the public by being William Randolph Hearst's mistress for over 30 years. Davies was just 20 when she met Hearst, who was 54 at the time.

(2) It also tried to convince the viewer that Davies was an exceptionally gifted actress, especially in "Screwball" comedy roles. Hearst definitely believed Davies to be an extraordinary actress and he certainly spent millions trying to convince the public that she was, as well.

(3) It tried to prove that the comparison that's been repeatedly made between the real-life Marion Davies and the character, Susan Alexander, in Orson Welles' "Citizen Kane" was completely erroneous. According to this documentary, Davies was everything that Alexander wasn't, and then some.

Anyway - I, for one, don't know why (40 years after her death) that it was looked upon as being such a big deal to make this documentary about Davies in order to rectify some (apparently) serious misconceptions about her.

I mean, who in this day and age really cares one way, or the other. I sure don't. Do you?


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14 February 2001 (USA) See more »

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Beverly Hills, California, USA See more »

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