What's the film about?
Here, Bette plays Charlotte Vale, a downtrodden spinster, repressed by her rich and overbearing mother. That is, until she is transformed by Dr Jasquith.
Who was the classic actor/actress?
There are three stellar performances in this film - Bette, Paul Henreid and Claude Rains.
Why did you choose this film?
Prior to watching this film, I was not a fan of Bette Davis. I watched it as I have long been a fan of Paul Henreid, having loved him in the swashbuckling adventure Spanish Main. I was transfixed from the moment I started watching, and have never looked back. I have now seen as many Bette Davis films as I could lay my hands on, and continue to be inspired and amazed by her acting abilities and range of films.
What's the bottom line?
Today, this film is largely remembered for the iconic actions of sauve lead Paul Henreid, when he romantically lights up two cigarettes for himself and his leading lady. But it's much more than this. Now, Voyager is Bette Davis at her best. This film highlights her unique skill as a chameleon, in the day of the beautiful and glamorous leading lady, Bette was unafraid to play the dowdy plain jane. This is just one of the qualities that make her one of the silver screen's greatest character actresses.
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