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Jezebel [DVD] [1938] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004RF99
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 222,783 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Martin J. Bird on 12 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD
This is classic Bette at her best.
Some people say she only got the oscar as a consolation for not being cast a Scarlett O'hara, but this is much more her kind of character, ignoring the similarities to Gone With Wind, it is a superb piece of story telling.
The story is one of jealousy and manipulation, as is usual in many of her films, set against a backdrop of the deep southern states preparing for a coming war with the North, and trying to cope with an keeping yellow fever at bay.
She portays Julee, a spoiled indulged heiress engaged to Clem (Henry Fonda)who demands undivided attention from him and all around her.Flouting convention, in a fit of pique against Clem she attends the Olympus Ball dressed in a Bright red gown, knowing that unmarried girls were expected to wear white. She realises she has gone too far and begs to be taken home but Clem forces her to dance with him, shaming them both.
Clem leaves her, and New Orleans sortly after, and despite her conviction that he will call to see her as he usually does when she's been wilfull, he is gone for nearly a year.
On hearing of his return Julee invites him up to her plantation and plans to beg him to forgive her and take up where they left off. Her plans are spoiled however when he arrives with a new "Yankee" wife. Not deterred she tries to seduce him and is rejected. Now as a woman scorned she sets in motion a scenario which ends in a duel and a death. Added to this is an outbreak of yellow fever and you have all the ingredients for the kind of dramatic ending Bettes films are famous for.
A must for any Bette Davis lover
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 July 2005
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Legend has it that Bette Davis was offered the lead in Jezebel because Warner Bothers refused to lend her out for Gone With the Wind. The decision proved to be somewhat prophetic because Bette went on to win the 1938 Best Actress Oscar for her role as Miss Julie Morrison, the spoiled, willful, and coquettish Southern Belle who unashamedly weaves a web of betrayal and seduction.
While Jezebel is most notable for Bette's fiery, strong-willed and multi-faceted performance, the film also serves as a wonderful period piece, a deftly written romantic melodrama that astutely portrays early 1850s New Orleans ante-bellum society. The world is industriously on the move, and the whole of the United States is undergoing profound change.
The abolitionist movement is gaining momentum and the South feels as though its slave-driven way of life is under threat. There are rumbling hints of war between the Northern States and to add to this, there's the constant threat and the continual scourge of yellow fever - an illness that people were convinced could be passed on through the air.
The movie begins as Julie (Davis) is courting Preston Dillard (Henry Fonda). Julie loves Preston but she's willful and young, and when she goes against his wishes and wares an inappropriate red dress to a local ball, she ends up embarrassing him and making a public spectacle of herself. Preston unceremoniously dumps her and she becomes an outcast, a wealthy recluse with only her kindly Aunt Belle (Fay Bainter) to keep her company.
When Preston eventually appears on the scene again with a wife, Julie decides to fight to get him back. She manipulates and connives, unleashing a series of catastrophic events involving her best friend and Southern gentlemen Buck Cantrell (George Brent), who also secretly loves her.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Humpty Dumpty on 4 Feb. 2010
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I've seen this described as a Bette Davis vehicle, but even though the lady does dominate, certainly, there's a bit more to Jezebel than that. The story, set in pre-Civil War New Orleans in the ballrooms and plantations of the Southern gentry, is rooted at first in the jealousy and honour territory of the woman's picture as Bette Davis and Henry Fonda bicker and manoeuvre for the moral advantage in their relationship. Then an outbreak of Yellow Fever darkens the tone as our protagonists discover that the rules and imperatives of the greater world cannot be kept at bay. In the last ten minutes, however, the connection with social reality is thrown out of the window as the film abruptly embraces wild melodrama, with Miss Davis driven on by a pot-pourri of love, steely determination, self-sacrifice and egoism in a pretty good imitation of Florence Nightingale.

While the script is pretty good, it's the style and treatment of this heady brew that raise the film to classic status. The opulent sets and costumes are a delight, even in b/w, though the importance of an errant red dress is ipso facto diluted somewhat by the lack of colour. I found the music a bit overbearing and over-explanatory to begin with, but it soon calmed down. Henry Fonda, sporting a Montgomery Clift hairstyle, is his usual quiet but authoratitive self; the stubbornness that underlies his initial deference to the will of Miss Davis is an effective check on her strong will.

Remarks about Bette Davis 'chewing up the scenery' etc are almost always wrong, in my view, and in Jezebel what stands out is the way in which she is directed, lit and photographed differently from the other actors.
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