Beyond The Forest

BB

(out of 5)


This is the film that Elizabeth Taylor quotes in Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?:  made movie history simply by entering a room, looking around and exclaiming ‘What a dump!’ and, sadly, that’s pretty much all there is to make it worthwhile. Davis plays a small-town girl who is bored with life and falls in love with a Chicago industrialist () who has a hunting lodge nearby. She squeezes her kindly doctor-husband () about getting his patients to settle their unpaid bills in order for her to soup up her life and impress Brian, even leaving her husband and moving to Chicago to be near him. When he declares that he doesn’t want her, she returns to her home town but her husband doesn’t want her back either. The playing out of this is embarrassing melodrama, the finale misogynistic kitsch. Thankfully, Davis was only one year away from her career-saving film (and finest role ever), All About Eve.


Warner Bros.

USA, 1949

Directed by

Screenplay by , based on the novel by

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Award Nomination
Best Music (Music Score of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture) (Max Steiner)

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