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Bette Davis: Underacting for William Wyler – Silver Screenings

Director William Wyler shows Bette Davis the best way to shoot somebody. Image: Pinterest

*Spoiler Alert*

They created the best opening scene in the history of cinema: On a moonlit night, on an isolated rubber plantation in Malay, a woman follows a man out of a house. As he stumbles down the stairs of the veranda, she fires at him repeatedly with a handgun, even after he’s dead.

In films from this era, a moonlit night and an exotic location often suggest adventure and romance. But here, in The Letter (1940), director William Wyler and star Bette Davis give us cold-blooded murder.The Letter is based on a story…

Source: Bette Davis: Underacting for William Wyler – Silver Screenings

4 comments on “Bette Davis: Underacting for William Wyler – Silver Screenings

  1. Silver Screenings
    01/24/2016

    Thanks for the reblog! 🙂

  2. First Night Design
    01/24/2016

    Huge pleasure as per!

  3. Chris Lindsay
    07/31/2016

    That opening scene was absolutely gripping. It created a powerful dramatic question. Will she get away with the murder?

    I wrote a short essay (500 words) on The Letter called “Three Reasons Why Women Have An Affair.” If you would like to read it, I am open to any feedback: https://christopherjohnlindsay.wordpress.com/2016/07/30/the-letter-1940/

  4. First Night Design
    07/31/2016

    I will certainly do so when I have a moment. Thank you for letting me know, Chris.

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