Sex, Lies and Celluloid: Bad Romance in the Golden Age of Hollywood

Sex, Lies and Celluloid: Bad Romance in the Golden Age of Hollywood
Bette Davis, George Brent and Mary Astor Bette Davis and Mary Astor as expectant parents

Love is forever...but it seems longer.

Whether you're a lover of love or a conscientious objector, Bette Davis' 1941 confection The Great Lie will have you on the edge of your seat -- it's a love thriller. The twists and turns on the way to the ending (happy for some, stoic for others) are custom made for two of Hollywood's notorious scenery-chewers: Bette Davis and Mary Astor. 

No one does histrionics like these two screen queens. There is a scene in this film in which Mary Astor cries, "I'm an artist. I have appetites!" It's so true, so funny and something we'd all like to scream sometime, that you smile when she says it.

The Great Lie was made in 1941 and directed by Edmund Goulding, who directed some of Hollywood's most iconic films: The Grand Hotel, Hell's Angels, A Night at the Opera and one of Bette Davis' most memorable films, Dark Victory. Goulding actually directed five films starring Bette Davis -- each one a gem.

See Bette Davis, George Brent and Mary Astor in The Great Lie this Tuesday, February 7, 6p in the B2 Conference Center. It is the first film in our series, Sex, Lies and Celluloid: Old Hollywood, Bad Romance.

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