Friday, June 7, 2013

All This, and Heaven Too (1940)

This was one of the best unrequited love stories I’ve ever seen. Strangely enough, even though it is set in the 19th century, it is based on a real case and deals with how the media’s tabloid mentality can distort the truth. Bette Davis plays Henriette, a governess hired by a Duc and Duchess in France to watch after their children. As she becomes part of their family, the newspapers spin events to place her as a harlot destroying the family and seducing the Duc while the poor Duchess is helpless to stop her. In reality, the Duchess is a wicked, jealous woman who misinterprets every little action in the chaste and respectful relationship Henriette has with her husband and children.

A very good movie.

47 to go…

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