An excellent movie


Long before Hallmark Hall of Fame productions became lame, sentimental, almost unwatchable drivel, we had this excellent movie. It's fascinating and beautifully acted from beginning to end.

I just watched it on an ancient videotape I got through Interlibrary Loan.

First, Bette Davis and Faye Dunaway are among my three favorite actresses. (Diane Keaton is the third). So I went out of my way to find a copy of the TV movie.

I thought Faye Dunaway gave one of her best performances ever, and this is easily one of Bette Davis's late career roles and performances. (This was also the year that Faye Dunaway won her Oscar for "Network.") I appreciate that Bette hated Faye -- apparently for good reason. But they are marvelous, both together and in individual scenes.

Apparently Anthony Harvey directed actresses beautifully -- he directed Katharine Hepburn to an Oscar for "The Lion in Winter."

I've written this on other boards, but why won't AFI please give Faye Dunaway its Lifetime Achievement Award? She starred in three of its Top 100 movies -- "Bonnie and Clyde," "Chinatown" and "Network" -- and she has been brilliant in many other movies, including "The Disappearance of Aimee."

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