Bette Davis conquers the Lightbox- the hard way.
Starting this weekend at the Tiff Bell Lightbox is the new retrospective on the films of Hollywood icon Bette Davis entitled The Hard Way: The Films of Bette Davis. The retrospective covers the entire gamut of Davis’ career and runs until Sunday December 8th.
This weekend featured some of the earlier films from the Davis cannon with Of Human Bondage, The Letter and the scathing behind the scenes Broadway drama that earned Davis Best Actress honors at the Cannes Film Festival in 1951, All About Eve. All About Eve is one of the career defining roles for Bette Davis, she carries the role of Margo Channing of with ease and responds to the manipulations and Anne Baxter’s conniving Eve Harrington aplomb.
Continuing through this week are screenings of classics Dark Victory, Marked Woman, Little Foxes and her Academy Award turn in Jezebel. Other notables later on in the month include her other Acadamy Award winning performance in Dangerous, Mrs Skeffington, The Great Lie and Hush…Hush, Sweet Charlotte. The real gem of the entire series though is on December 7th, when the Lightbox screens a new 50th anniversary restoration of the film that reinvented Davis’ career, her tour de force standoff with Joan Crawford in the excellent What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
For more information on the series and ticket availability check out the TIFF online schedule.
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