Mr. Skeffington

Mr. Skeffington

DVD - 2005
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Dealing openly with anti-Semitism and Nazi atrocities, the story spans World War I, Prohibition and the prelimanary volley of World War II. Fanny (Bette Davis) thrives on the adulation of countless suiters before and after she marries Job Skeffington (Claude Rains). Ravaged by age and illness, Fannyh clings to Job's promise that "a woman is beautiful only when she is loved."

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TBrien
Dec 31, 2016

A bit long, but suppose that makes sense since the audience is taken along Fanny's vain conquests from pre-WW I to post-WW II. Somehow Bette Davis gives a performance that convinces us she is the most-beautiful and sought-after woman in NY, and we can see her character slowly realize over time that she's put a bit too much stock in her good looks. She earned a seventh Best Actress Oscar nomination for the performance. Wonderful Orry-Kelly costumes, fine score and script, and super Warner Bros. acting support make this another Bette Davis flick worth watching.

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Charlie68
Jul 26, 2016

A movie about a society girl whom no one can leave alone. Bette Davis entrances in her role and really emotes at the end when fortunes turn.

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singasong70
Oct 29, 2015

Bette Davis makes the movie, as a self absorbed beauty who can't love anybody as much as she loves herself. Until the end when Mr. Skeffington "needs" her and that changes everything. Not one of my favorite Davis movies but worth watching to see what she does with the role.

d2013 Mar 14, 2014

Claude Rains is excellent as the devoted husband and Bette Davis gives a great performance as "Fanny", the irresistible beauty who loves only herself. Good movie!

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sdelao
Nov 06, 2012

Bette Davis...'Nuff said :)

Bette Davis is stunning in this film as it shows the depth and breadth of her ability. The movie itself deals with a reality absent from our culture's mindset: everyone is young and healthy, and then, everyone is old, and eventually degenerate: we can't judge worth by sex appeal, nor can a person be defined by it without eventually losing their identity. This film shows one woman's vanity, self-obsession, and glamour. She is the girl "everyone likes" the "life of the party," the girl everyone wants to be. Having defined herself by her skill in manipulation and her attractiveness, she is forced to come to terms with what she actually is when she loses the one thing she loved---her beauty.

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