|Genre: Drama, Suspense, Period Piece, Love, Revenge, Coming Of Age, Doctor|
Tagline: The South's Greatest Romance
Plot: Set in the antebellum South, William Wylerís JEZEBEL centers on high society beauty Julie Marsden. Julie first arrives on horseback, then enters her home flamboyantly hooking the long flowing train of her dress with her riding crop and hoisting it to her shoulders. Julie is not just high-spirited--she is self-centered and high-handed, and she gets away with outrageous behavior because she is rich and beautiful. However, she gets her comeuppance--losing Pres and becoming reclusive and spiteful--before a chance for redemption occurs.
JEZEBEL is built around Bette Davisís bold, powerful, and, at times, subtle performance; when Julie discovers Pres and Amy are married, with the smallest of movements Davis conveys disbelief, then anguish as she realizes the truth--she looks down, her eyelids flicker, she glances from Pres to Amy and back, and utters single words while struggling to maintain her composure. And Fay Bainter, as Aunt Belle, matches Davis when she too discovers Pres is married and continues to greet her guests while worrying about her niece and how she can warn her. Both actresses won well-deserved Oscars.
JEZEBEL is also distinguished by Wylerís and cinematographer Ernest Hallerís graceful, flowing long takes and deep-frame compositions.
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