The Letter

The Letter

DVD - 2005
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Set on a rubber plantation in Malaya, this story centers on a woman's reasons for killing a man who was a close family friend.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Turner Entertainment Co. ; Burbank, Calif. : Distributed by Warner Home Video, c2005
ISBN: 9780790747200
Branch Call Number: DVD Letter
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in


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Mar 07, 2017

Willy Wyler at his best. Same with Miss Davis who was sleeping with Wyler at the time . I like to say "Ben-Hur" is my favorite film, but "The Letter" is my favorite William Wyler film. The first scene where Bette blows Mr. Hammond away is one of the best hooks for the first two minutes of any movie ever made. This was Bette's forty-sixth movie; that's astonishing in itself. What follows is a morality play, but one alive with dark humor and uncommon insight into colonial (white) superiority. James Stephenson as Bette's lawyer acquits himself expertly. He died soon after this Academy nominated performance.
Wyler was famous for pioneer deep focus photography with cinematographer Gregg Toland that carried over even to Ben-Hur and the Children's Hour. Here he used Tony Gaudio with much the same expertise. The moon and the shadows she casts are the Greek chorus in this film.
Maybe the library will hunt down a copy of The Liberation of L.B. Jones, Willy's last film, that made a awful lot of white people antsy.

Vincent T Lombardo Nov 07, 2015

Over-the-top melodrama, but suspenseful and entertaining. Terrific cast, especially Bette Davis!

Oct 07, 2014

Every so often I find a neglected classic film in the KCLS catalog. "The Letter" is considered by many to be Bette Davis's finest movie. Until my comments today, it has only had 2 previous comments which said the movie either had a "great story" or in the other case "great acting".. I couldn't agree more. "The Letter" was written as a play by Somerset Maugham in 1929. The same year it was made into a movie. In 1940, Director William Wyler talked Warner Brothers Studios to do a remake of "The Letter" with Bette Davis. She plays Leslie Crosby the wife of a rich plantation owner in Malaya. Her husband is brilliantly played by Herbert Marshall, who was also in the 1929 movie "The Letter". The movie is known for having a great script written by Howard Koch. You might remember him as one of those writers that teamed up to write "Casablanca". You won't find many movies better than "The Letter;'.
KCLS owns 2 copies and at the moment they are both available. If your a fan of Bette Davis, then this is a must for you! Please let me know how you like the film on the KCLS web site. Thanks!

Sep 13, 2013

A classic with great acting.

Sep 04, 2009

When a movie starts out with Bette Davis emptying her hand gun into her lover's body, you just know that it's going to be a great story!


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