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Jezebel (1938)
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Starring: George Brent, Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, Fay Bainter, Spring Byington, Donald Crisp, Richard Cromwell, Margaret Lindsay, John Litel, Henry O'Neill
Director: William Wyler
Category: Classic, Drama
Studio: Warner Bros.
Subtitles:
English, Spanish, French
Length:
103 mins

 
 

 

"A dazzling romantic melodrama."-Pauline Kael

Bette Davis was unhappy when Warner Bros. refused to loan her out to star in Gone With The Wind.So Jack Warner gave her a Southern belle role in Jezebel -- and she gave a fiery performance that won 1938's Best Actress Academy Award.Davis plays Julie, an arrogant New Orleans beauty whose attempts to goad fiance Pres Dillard (Henry Fonda) to jealousy backfire.When Pres weds another woman, Julie's vengeance explodes, destroying more than one life.

Jezebel is also noted for its sumptuous sets and costumes, Fay Bainter's Oscar-winning performance and William Wyler's vivid direction, highlighted by a horrifying recreation of a yellow fever epidemic.But the film's greatest strength is Davis, whose titanic talent has never been better displayed than in Jezebel.