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NOW, VOYAGER
1942, Warner Bros., 117 min, USA, Dir: Irving Rapper

“Don't ask for the moon - we have the stars.” In this classic Bette Davis soap opera, the great actress plays a repressed spinster who finds love with Paul Henreid after psychiatrist Claude Rains encourages her to stand up to her domineering mother and to embrace life. Max Steiner's Oscar-winning score provides just the right amount of emphasis in this manipulative but undeniably effective, intelligent Hollywood sudser. “…a highly narcotic, swoon-inducing romance in the Bette Davis canon.” - Jeremiah Kipp, Slant Magazine


THE SCAPEGOAT
1959, Warner Bros., 91 min, UK, USA, Dir: Robert Hamer

Director Robert Hamer and Gore Vidal adapted Daphne du Maurier’s novel for this intriguing mystery, and du Maurier herself suggested Alec Guinness for the dual lead roles of British teacher John Barratt and French nobleman Jacques De Gué, look-alikes who meet by chance and spend a night drinking together. When Barratt awakes, his passport is gone and he’s plunged into De Gué’s convoluted private life - which includes a wealthy wife (Irene Worth) and an imperious mother (Bette Davis). Guinness played multiple parts in Hamer’s KIND HEARTS AND CORONETS and, as in that earlier film, royal titles and murder figure into the plot.


THE WHALES OF AUGUST
1987, Alive Films, 90 min, USA, Dir: Lindsay Anderson

Bette Davis joins another screen legend, Lillian Gish, for this lovely tale of two sisters spending the summer, as they have for 60 years, on a picturesque island off the coast of Maine. Anderson displays a deep love for Hollywood's past, casting not only Davis and Gish but veterans Vincent Price, Harry Carey Jr., and Ann Sothern, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role. A profound meditation on aging, this is perhaps the best of Davis' later films, and won Lillian Gish the Best Actress award from the National Board of Review.


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