Of Human Bondage

After seeing Bette Davis in the previous film, I decided to watch this one which earned Bette her first critical acclaim, and so I thought it would be a worthy watch if only for historical reasons.

Indeed, Bette was absolutely fabs in this. She played a disdainful, spiteful, and just plain nasty character who also had her charms. A really nice chap fell in love with her (played by Leslie Howard, an interesting chap tragically killed during the war), who couldn’t get her out of his mind even though he wanted to after she continually left him, only coming back when she was in trouble.

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The story is a W. Somerset Maugham book, so of course it must be good, not that I have read any of his books… but it must be good nonetheless.

The British cast were not happy that an American was taking the main part, Leslie Howard treated her pretty badly, but she pulled off the lower class British accent pretty well, and was the definite star of the film.

The Wikipedia page on this film is a good read, so if you watch this then check that out too.

Highly recommended.

Date watched: January 25th
Score: 9/10
Film count 2017: 19

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