Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis by Ed Sikov

By Ed Sikov

The mythical Hollywood megastar blazes a fiery path during this spell binding portrait of an excellent actress and the films her expertise increased to greatness

She was once tremendous and exasperating in equivalent degree. Jack Warner known as her "an explosive little large with a pointy left." Humphrey Bogart as soon as remarked, "Unless you're very vast she will be able to knock you down." Bette Davis was once a strength of nature—an idiosyncratic expertise who however outlined the phrases "movie star" for greater than part a century and who created a unprecedented physique of labor jam-packed with unforgettable performances.

In Dark Victory, the famous movie critic and biographer Ed Sikov paints the main unique photograph ever introduced of this clever, opinionated, and strange girl who was—in the phrases of an in depth friend—"one of the key occasions of the 20th century." Drawing on new interviews with associates, administrators, and admirers, in addition to archival study and a clean examine the movies, this trendy, intimate biography finds Davis's own in addition to expert lifestyles in a fashion that's either revealing and sympathetic. together with his clever and well-informed tackle the creation and accomplishments of such motion picture milestones as Jezebel, All approximately Eve, and Now, Voyager, in addition to the turbulent lifestyles and intricate character of the actress who made them, Sikov's Dark Victory brings to lifestyles the two-time Academy Award–winning actress's unmistakable monitor type, and exhibits the reader how Davis's artwork used to be her personal darkish victory.

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That is to say, the media have 'educated' people to constantly change the forms and places of leisure and pleasure. Consequently, the consumption of leisure time is becoming increasingly less a time for the strengthening and upkeep of the collective memory (leisure 'produced by', in fair style), finally becoming a time for the acquisition of immediate pleasure (leisure 'produced for', in park style). Theme parks are established as extraordinary places that are perfectly adapted to these new cultural habits produced by the media.

The parks' relationship with the cinema necessarily implied the total theming of the milieu, not just the rides. Indirectly, on the other hand, it stimulated consumption since it disguised the commercial nature of the products and characters, which were naturally integrated into the environment (Smoodin, 1994). It cannot be forgotten, on the other hand, that the domination of the audio-visual media in developed Western societies determines people's perception of what is 'ordinary' and what is 'extraordinary'.

In fact, the exposition was a laboratory for experimentation with new forms of transport. Finally, Chicago's was, according to Botterill (1997), the first universal exposition that implemented a large-scale international advertising campaign. In conceptual terms, the universal exposition of Chicago did not represent an escape from the city but, fundamentally, like theme parks of today, an idealization and amplification of it. The themes behind the exposition were enlightenment, national pride and progress.

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