August 9, 2008

Scene of the Day: The Little Foxes

Director William Wyler's last film endeavor with legendary actress Bette Davis was 1941's "The Little Foxes," which transformed Lillian Hellman's play into a critical (count the Oscar nominations) and commerical success. The most memorable scene of the entire film (and a Bette Davis classic) is the one in which her ill husband, Horace (Herbert Marshall), suffers a heart attack and requires his medicine. Realizing the serendipitous cards she is dealt in allowing him to amble toward the staircase to his death, she sits harrowingly transfixed with a stark look of combined excitement and horror on her face, interpreted through her slowly turning head and her remarkable eyes, notoriously wide.

Watch this classic scene with me...

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