Film Series: The Great Lie (1941)
Directed by Edmund Goulding. Starring Bette Davis, George Brent, Mary Astor.
Girl meets boy. Girl falls in love with boy. Boy goes out one night, gets blotto, marries another girl, breaking first girl’s heart. Boy then gets shot down during military service and is given up for dead. Girl 1 volunteers to help Girl 2 through pregnancy and coerces Girl 2 to allow her to raise the baby as her own. All’s well that ends well – until Boy suddenly returns from the battlefield. The Great Lie is one of Bette Davis’s best vehicles and yet it’s rarely seen on the big screen. Don’t miss this stylish slice of 1940s mores. 108 minutes. Unrated.
SEX, LIES AND CELLULOID: OLD HOLLYWOOD, BAD ROMANCE: FILM SERIES
Love may go wrong; lovers may come and go – but what happens on the silver screen is forever. In contrast to February’s indulgent nod at the eternally mushy, gushy side of love, check out four films that highlight Cupid’s dark side. As always, we’ll have a selection of related books and movies to check out, an excellent handout on each film and we’ll also have an anti-aphrodisiacal food tasting before each film – just to get you in the mood.
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