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May 10 2015

母亲节特别:“现在,“航行者”号”and Bette Davis

Happy Mother's Day, readers! Here's new contributor Angelica Jade Bastién returning to talk Bette Davis, tell all bios, and a 1940s classic. - Editor

当我介绍朋友贝蒂·戴维斯,第一次我倾向于向他们展示Now, Voyager。Yes, the film gives us one of Davis' best performances but my love for it is deeply personal. Whenever I watchNow, VoyagerI see my emotional landscape on the screen. As a teenager struggling with mental illness and a caring yet controlling mother who didn’t quite know how to handle it the film was a revelation. It gave me hope that I could become the woman I always dreamed of. Ultimately, my obsession with the film centers upon the multiple ways it explores motherhood.

Now, Voyageris essentially about the transformation of Charlotte Vale (Bette Davis) from spinster aunt figure to badass, emotionally realized womanhood. The film begins with Charlotte teetering at the edge of a nervous breakdown brought upon by the multitude of ways her mother, Mrs. Vale, controls her...

Charlotte is depressed, repressed, and yearning for a sense of identity outside of the golden cage her mother has built for her... Thankfully, she's introduced to Dr. Jacquith (Claude Rains) and spends time in a very upscale sanitarium giving her the ability to bloom beyond her mother's control. The real drama of the story is what happensCharlotte's transformation as she falls in love with Jerry (Paul Henreid). While the love affair between Charlotte and Jerry is incredibly beautiful and heartbreaking, it is her relationship with the women in her orbit that makeNow, Voyagerthe greatest women's picture.

Mrs. Vale controls Charlotte by curtailing any sense of identity and sexuality. Basically, she makes sure Charlotte looks like the saddest spinster aunt in existence from the "sensible" shoes to the unmanicured eyebrows. In Mrs. Vale's mind, her daughter owes her loyalty in return she Charlotte may be rich as hell and carries the last name of a powerful Boston family but she really has no power of her own.

Gladys Cooper plays Mrs. Vale with a steely reserve. She barely has to raise her voice for us to understand just how much control she has over her daughter. Once Charlotte returns to the family home we begin to see cracks and fissures in Mrs. Vale. She is losing control over her daughter. This being a women's picture means the battlefield between Mrs. Vale and Charlotte often center upon clothing. It isn't a coincidence that Mrs. Vale kept Charlotte looking like a school marm and was hellbent on getting her back to her old manner of dress.

之前她的蜕变。。。。and after her transformation. looking fabulous and ignoring her mother's stern gaze.

那么,什么是一个独裁的母亲做什么?故意fall down the stairs and injure herself, of course! This is the kind of emotional manipulation she's willing to do to shame her daughter into becoming an obedient, loyal servant once more. But it doesn't work.

The relationship between these two very different women deals with a lot of questions I have often asked myself. What does a mother owe her child beyond the essentials? Does a daughter owe her mother loyalty even in the face of emotional toxicity? Do all daughters really become their mothers or is it possible not to inherent their sins?

In Tina, Charlotte sees a lot of herself. Tina has self-destructive cries for help and yearns to be seen as beautiful (and hence worthy) to those around her. Charlotte has already learned that looking for that kind of self worth in the eyes of others can be quite disasterous. In many ways Charlotte is righting the wrongs of her own mother in how she treats Tina.

有些戴维斯打过的最温柔的场景,这部电影是她的性格与她的恋情以及她在Tina的生活中的作用的影响抓斗。我常常想象戴维斯各种转向她的电影和回忆录为指导的精神导师。

当然,戴维斯的女儿,最初海曼,very different thoughts on the matter. I have always found it fascinating studying the biographies of actors written by their children. None are more scathing than those written by the daughters of old Hollywood actresses.

夏洛特和蒂娜。

Mommie Dearestcompletely reworked the public’s image of Joan Crawford. She’s Medusa turned mother. The film only finishes the job so when I mention Crawford to most people “no wire hangers” isn’t far behind. For Marlene Dietrich her daughters hefty biography isn't a broad hatchet job on her mother's image. Instead it makes the cinematic goddess seem more human and more complicated with details I imagine Dietrich wouldn't want the world to see. Crawford had been dead for a year whenMommie Dearestwas released. Dietrich died the same here her daughter released马琳。But Davis had no such luck. She was very much alive when B.D. Hyman released我的母亲的守护者。

虽然B.D.掌握着大量的轻视对她的母亲著名显然这是不够的,她拒绝提供戴维斯的钱。许多我的母亲的守护者在戴维斯中心是一个霸道的酒精和情感虐待。是什么让整个形势伤心的是,戴维斯是这本书的出版过程中有巨大的健康问题的竞争。并不满足于给任何人的最后一个字,包括戴维斯在1987年她的回忆录了一封信给她的女儿This 'n' That.One of the most interesting parts of the letter is,

很多我都在屏幕上播放在你的书的场景。这可能是你混淆了“我”与屏幕上的“我的”谁是你的母亲。

Davis quibbles with what her daughter says about her career and how she took for granted her very priveleged lifestyle, unintentionally echoing the dynamic between Mrs. Vale and Charlotte decades after the film was released.

Bette Davis with her daughter, B.D. Hyman.

The most hilarious parts of the letter deals with who would play Davis if a film was made based on我的母亲的守护者。

In one of your many interviews while publicising your book, you said if you sell your book to TV you feel Glenda Jackson should play me. I would hope you would be courteous enough to ask me to play myself.

不出所料,戴维斯disinhereted女儿留给她的遗产给她收养的儿子,迈克尔·梅里尔和她的助手,凯西。令人意外的是看到到底是谁从她女儿的权利辩护戴维斯,即她的前夫加里·梅里尔。尽管他们的痛苦的离婚,他公开捍卫戴维斯说B.D.被“残忍和贪婪”的动机。戴维斯正在处理健康问题,并与自己的亲生女儿一拼公开的事实似乎是这样一个可怕的末端纸币这样一个宏伟的女演员。

Things ended a bit simpler for Charlotte Vale with her mother dying just after an argument. She's able to process her emotions and come to a bittersweet understanding with Jerry and Tina. Finally in control of her own life she negotiates her own desires. But when has life ever been as simple as fiction?

如果有什么从一个相当复杂又爱女人的女儿和姐姐从我们俩疏远哥哥我知道的是,家族恩怨的真相可以被证明是十分困难的。我不太放心她的母亲著名的B.D.的回忆。只是标注戴维斯“难”(礼貌码字的妇女社会宁愿叫婊子)拉平她和关闭屏幕如何动态。我宁愿让她转变的形象Now, Voyager记住最容易。一路上她协商领土相当熟悉我,找到一个身份和自主权控制母亲的阴影中的感觉。

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“Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars..."

这部电影。完美。

“但是戴维斯却没有这样的运气。她非常活跃,当B.D.海曼发布我的母亲的守护者。“

我认为戴维斯是幸运的一个。与克劳福德和迪特里希,她可以到她女儿的写照回应。

May 10, 2015 |Paul Outlaw

Paul, when you put it like that I look at the situation differently. Davis was lucky in her own way to find out just how her daughter thought of her and could respond. Can you imagine what Joan Crawford would have said to her own daughter after the release of Mommie Dearest???
是的,这部电影是完美的。我已经失去了我多少次看着它计数,我总是发现新的东西。

May 10, 2015 |当归玉巴斯蒂安

Nice overview of both the film and the negligible bio which reeks of score settling on B.D.'s part. I've always felt Gary Merrill's defense of Bette after their years of acrimony told volumes more than the book too. Now, Voyager is a favorite Bette movie but I've always preferred Dark Victory to it. But for sheer lush romanticism and high grade dramatics Voyager is definitely the one.

Gladys Cooper is so brilliant as the viperish Mrs. Vale she hardly leaves any air in the room when she enters. She would have plowed over a more docile actress, for instance she would have made toast of Irene Dunne or Ginger Rogers both of whom were considered for the role before Bette insisted it was hers, then Davis who could go toe to toe with pretty much anyone. I think it's a great credit to Mary Wickes that she manages to stand out in her small role as nurse Dora "not Mary" Pickford as well.

May 10, 2015 |joel6

几乎所有的贝蒂·戴维斯电影应该战胜任何白痴。但一部电影,将说服任何人进入爱这个辉煌的女演员是所有关于EVE。

So many brilliant roles.

5月11日,2015年|贝蒂·斯特里普

这部电影是完美的。在它的每一个单个帧。这是一个杰作。

5月11日,2015年|cal roth

I remember seeing Bette Davis black and white movies on TV when I was in elementary school. I didn't think anything as sophisticated as "this actress is great". I thought, I know you. Your anguish is like my anguish ( not that we think or remember that kids have that kind of feeling).

I watched her very carefully and saw her unwavering courage internally, and on the outside behaving as if what other people thought of her was just irrelevant.

The other actor who helped me get a sense of how to bridge child to adult was Sidney Poitier. His great joy and always doing what was right showed me that children didn't have to change to be an adult. You could keep your sense of rightness and your soul.

5月11日,2015年|adri

Personally, I consider Davis's star turn inNow, Voyagerthe greatest female performance in a romantic drama ever recorded.

May 13, 2015 |Craig

戴维斯女士shld've获得了奥斯卡这个!它是一种耻辱TT这是忠勇之家的一年&便风靡almoz所有最高奖项...格里尔加森真是傲慢与偏见曾经愉快,休息Ø她的表演太建筑与拘谨和适当的

斗鱼THOT她wld've赢得了与我猜她是对这样的感觉

May 16, 2015 |Claran

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