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Dark Victory
edited by Bernard F. Dick and Tino Balio
University of Wisconsin Press, 1981
Paper: 978-0-299-08764-7 | Cloth: 978-0-299-08760-9
Library of Congress Classification PN1997.D314 1981
Dewey Decimal Classification 791.4372

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

    Dark Victory,  released in 1939, was a daring movie for its time. it depicted its heroine, Bette Davis, dying of a brain tumor. The film blended romance and realism so successfully that it is still a model for movies about death and dying today.
    Bette Davis drew upon every mood she had ever expressed—insouciance, impatience, anger, passion, acquiescence. She worked hard at the role, reveling in a story that, according to her account, she had actively campaigned for. She also benefited greatly by the professional talents of director Edmund Goulding and screenwriter Casey Robinson and a supporting cast that included Humphrey Bogart.


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