Jezebel (1938)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5.  

USA, 1938.  Warner Bros..  Screenplay by , , , based on the play by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

stuns the crowd again as a rebellious southern gal who shockingly wears red to her cotillion ball (gasp!)  She also openly pursues a handsome gentleman () who no longer wants her because of her forward ways, and when he goes off and marries some simpering ninny, Davis does her best to get revenge on both of them. Davis’ fireball performance certainly makes up for the fact that this is a completely ridiculous exercise in misogyny that has an outspoken, individualistic young woman punished with old maid-ness and an eventually dire conclusion.

Academy Awards:  Best Actress (Bette Davis); Best Supporting Actress (Fay Bainter)
Nominations: Best Picture; Best Cinematography; Best Scoring

Venice Film Festival: In Competition

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