Posted on 11/15/09 04:38 PM
This movie is just about perfect, in my opinion. Bette Davis plays the role of a lifetime in this film and proves that she is not only a great actress, but fearless as well. Unlike most actresses of her time, she is willing to look downright ugly. I truly felt for this woman who was so domineered by her mother that she was willing to be the maiden aunt that was teased by her entire family. I found myself caring so much about what was going to happen to this fragile woman and her eventual transformation to becoming an independent movie was very satisfying.
The casting for all of the other roles in this film was spot-on. Paul Henreid was pure charm in his role and Claude Rains, the epitome of human compassion. Gladys Cooper played the selfish and cruel mother to perfection.
I recommend this to anyone who loves classic film.