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Beyond the Forest (21-Oct-1949)

Director: King Vidor

Writer: Lenore J. Coffee

From novel by: Stuart Engstrand

Keywords: Drama, Film Noir

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
David Brian
5-Aug-1914 15-Jul-1993 Mr. District Attorney
Joseph Cotten
15-May-1905 6-Feb-1994 Jedidiah Leland in Citizen Kane
Bette Davis
5-Apr-1908 6-Oct-1989 All About Eve
Dona Drake
15-Nov-1914 20-Jun-1989 Road to Morocco
Ruth Roman
22-Dec-1922 9-Sep-1999 Champion
Regis Toomey
13-Aug-1898 12-Oct-1991 Burke's Law
Minor Watson
22-Dec-1889 28-Jul-1965 Guadalcanal Diary


Bette Davis   ...   Rosa Moline
Joseph Cotten   ...   Dr. Louis Moline
David Brian   ...   Neil Latimer
Ruth Roman   ...   Carol
Minor Watson   ...   Moose
Dona Drake   ...   Jenny
Regis Toomey   ...   Sorren
Sarah Selby   ...   Mildred


Review by CHRISTOPHER SCOTT (posted on 28-Sep-2005)

I'm one of those guys who grew up watching old movies and Bette Davis was one of my favorite actresses. I liked her range as an actress. She could be kind as in "Now Voyager" or wicked as in "The Little Foxes". Both movies I liked alot. As a kid I didn't like "Beyond the Forest". I basically thought her character was just plain crude and not that interesting. But a few days ago I read a review by someone who really liked it and I became curious to see as an adult if I would feel differently.

Well, at age 42 having lived a little I thought it was an incredibly good movie. I did not think she overacted at all. Though she is an awful person in the movie I couldn't help sympathize with her. She feels oppressed in that town and wants out. She thinks a powerful man is the way to do it. She wants to be dressed in pearls. Well, I use to want that. Not only women crave these things. Of course now I'm matured and see that is no way to live a life. But if you have ever felt this way Bette's character makes sense. She's insecure when the young self-confident woman comes to down. She's always tormenting herself which her husband points out. Joseph Cotton is not a nice man but a weak man. She doesn't want to leave to become a stenographer as she herself says. She's incredibly limited and incredibly ambitious and I believed her completely. There wasn't a moment I thought 'Bette's' too intelligent to play this character. She WAS Rosa Moline. Too compare with another movie..."Mr. Skeffington". Bad movie because I kept thinking Bette is too intelligent to play this character. Not Rosa Moline though.

Movies are ultimately personal. Sometimes we love a movie because it shows us how we would like to be. Sometime we hate a movie because we see (or don't want to see apart of ourselves).

And sometimes we see a movie that reminds us of a part of our selves that hopefully we've grown out of but are able to sympathize with. Yes, Rosa is awful but I could still relate to her unquenchable desires.

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