Wednesday, April 23, 2014

The Best Old Movies on a Big Screen This Week

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The Little Foxes, William Wylers adaptation of Lillian Hellmans play, starring Bette Davis
The Little Foxes (1941)
Directed by William Wyler
This movie, adapted from the Lillian Hellman play, got its name from the Song of Solomon—and it irrefutably lives up to it. The theatrical version starred Tallulah Bankhead, but Wyler’s film features the inimitable Bette Davis as the beautifully sinister Regina Giddons née Hubbard. Regina's equally malignant brothers seek her out to participate in a high-profit business deal, hoping she can secure necessary funds from her very sick husband (Herbert Marshall). Super-long shots harmonize with the rigid imagery of venomous deceit and being stabbed-in-the-back; when watching Ms. Davis you feel as if your heart may indeed turn to stone. Samantha Vacca (Apr 24-25 at BAM, part of its Back with a Vengeance series)

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