15 June 2012

Bette Davis Eyes

"I am just too much."—Bette Davis

When I was a kid I watched loads of old Hollywood films (still do) and had favourite actresses but I was never a fan of Bette Davis. At the time she seemed too intense; her delivery too over the top. It wasn't until I was older that I came to appreciate her brilliance. Now when I see one of her films I am mesmerized by her. That crisp New England voice, the down-turned mouth, the determined walk, and of course those eyes. There is something in that direct gaze that seems to dare the viewer to try and turn away. No matter the role there is always a truth to her performance regardless of how ugly or uncomfortable it may be. So no Ms. Davis, you were never too much. You were always just right.

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