Bette Davis: Hollywood Rebel


‘Half Angel. Half Siren. All Woman’ is how the campaign described Bette Davis in this scintillating drama.

Image from Jezebel

USA 1938
Dir William Wyler
With Bette Davis, Henry Fonda, George Brent, Fay Bainter
Certificate U
A BFI National Archive print

Advertised as ‘Half Angel. Half Siren. All Woman’, Davis excels in Jezebel as the strong-willed impetuous Southern belle who outrages polite society by breaking social taboos and risks driving her loved one away. Davis gives a subtle yet powerful, Oscar®-winning performance as Julie Marsden, but the film is also notable for Ernest Haller’s fine cinematography.

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