Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Rich Are Always With Us (1932)

bette davis in the rich are always with us d' Alfred E. Green 1932When I first got this movie, I didn't watch it right away, thinking
that, most probably it was a light comedy drama movie, but the actors interested me, especially George Brent and Bette Davis. Knowing that, in this movie, starring Ruth Chatterton, who was married with George Brent at that time, was happened to be the movie where Bette Davis and George Brent fell in love, appealed to me. Later on Chatterton and Brent would divorce but Brent and Davis never married although they kept a relationship for quite long.

But when I saw this movie I realized what a great actress Ruth
Chatterton was. And for a time when actors and actresses would say their line the best right and straight forwarded way,

Ruth Chatterton speaks in such natural way, at times repeating one or two words in a sentence, as if there was no camera at all. Something that nowadays actors do, at times not so naturally.

 ruth chatterton & george brent "the rich are always with us" 1932 Bette Davis still not being "caught" by the clever camera, appears very glamorous, beautiful and determined, but her eyes, alas, the camera doesn't really focus the moment she is sitting on a couch and looking
to the right, slowly... what would made her later on "Bette Davis' eyes". Anyhow she is so wonderful here that Davis fans will really love her play. The romantic scenes are very well filmed, Bette and Brent have  some hilarious moments, Ruth and Brent very charming and romantic, and because everything seems so naturally sophisticated, Brent kisses and embraces in a great gentleman's style. What he was in real life.


ruth chatterton & george brent "the rich are always with us" 1932 This movie's plot is very simple, but it is very well portrayed and love has a great importance as a meaning, like in so many classic movies. Only that in this one, love goes beyond "you and me"…







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