Great documentary on Bette Davis' last public appearance
After so may years waiting to see this I finally managed to get hold of a copy and finally watched it.
This documentary is a nostalgia trip told from the point of view of the organizers and people working at the San Sebastian film festival in Spain in 1989, when Bette Davis was being honored, in what happened to be her last public appearance before she died.
Until now, not a lot has been said about Bette's visit or her last days, but the documentary is so detailed it quickly fills that void.
There are lots of interesting anecdotes and stories from journalists, make up artists, photographers, event organisers and people who were there dealing with Bette for one reason or another, all of them in awe of the legendary star, some of which say they will never forget meeting her.
A special guest is Kathryn Sermark, Bette's assistant and friend at the time, who travelled with her to the festival and gives a first account of the events from the time they were first contacted by the festival, until the end when Bette's health was so bad she was not going to make it back to America.
I found this documentary very entertaining and moving at the same time. Ms Davis' health was so deteriorated by that time it's almost incredible she made it to the festival. She looks so frail it was almost painful to see her that way.
In true classic star fashion though, she was a professional until the end, always being polite and despite her poor health (she could barely walk without holding on to something), she gave whichever time was necessary to photographers and journalists that were waiting for her.
This is a must if you are a fan of Bette Davis. This is strictly an account of the events of the festival so it doesn't actually delve into Bette's career or personal life.
This documentary is mostly in Spanish so you will need to understand the language if there are no subtitles available.
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