A Bette Davis Film in Alternative to Netflix, for a Different Evening

Roxana Anton

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When I’m looking at this Bette Davis picture, I feel a sort of a “gold nostalgia”, and I wish I'd be transported in that era of Classic Hollywood when true elegance wasn't the exception, true elegance and beauty were the rules.

That’s exactly what the movie I'm going to present is talking about.

I must admit that so far I have seen about three movies starring the charming Bette Davis, and I only liked one.

I obviously have a lot missing, so I would be grateful if one of you writers and followers could do a top with her best movies.

Today, I want to play our little game, which I saw you enjoyed the other time: guess the romantic drama to see this weekend with your dear ones, or just while you relax in bed with your favorite drink or hot chocolate.

May and summer didn't entirely get in their rights, and it is still not yet advisable to spend evenings out, especially in crowded places.

Maybe you would like to spend the last evenings in the company of a good movie, and maybe you would like to see something else, than the usual Netflix.

This is why I thought about talking about this romance drama, which is nothing like other similar genre movies.

It stars the famous Bette Davis in the double role of twin sisters: the "good" and the "bad" one.

I guess the reason I like the story so much is its "classical flavor." While I was seeing it, I felt like I was reading a classical novel, something in the style of "Rebecca", as it is again about a woman who in a certain way, "steals" the life of the other.

In a certain way, they "steal" each other's life. Or simply, it's about destiny.

And you cannot fight or play with destiny.

I liked this movie so much, as it is a good life story from which we all can learn from. And that is always a valid message in any artistic creation.

Unlike other many films, this one puts more accent (in my opinion) on the story, on the "love triangle" created by the twin sisters and their love.

The movie has the power to show life while happening, and it does it with grace and elegance.

The film, a 1946 production, is based on the 1935 novel A Stolen Life by Karel Josef Benes, which was directed by Curtis Bernhardt.

Kate (Bette Davis) is a sincere artist who misses her boat to an island off New England, where she intends to meet her twin sister Patricia (also Davis) and her cousin Freddie. She persuades Bill Emerson to take her home in his boat.

Later, their relationship grows while she paints a portrait of the old lighthouse keeper, and Kate is very much in love.

However, her sister Pat, a flamboyant, man-hungry manipulator, fools Bill when she first meets him pretending to be Kate.

Pat then pursues him on a trip out of town, and when they return, they announce to Kate their intention to marry. (source: Wikipedia)

From there, the action goes into a direction that I won't reveal. The development is a deep introspection in the two sister's souls and psychology especially focused on Kate, which is also the protagonist of the story.

So, this movie is dramatic without exaggerating the drama and the tragedy. It doesn't explicitly speak about depression and other modern "diseases", but it shows how many issues someone can face in life, especially when having a disturbed sister (or family member).

The second time Davis played twin sisters was in Dead Ringer (1964). (source: Wikipedia)

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