Novelist Elena Maria Vidal reviews the classic 1939 movie Juarez, about the downfall of the Mexican monarchy and the establishment of a republic in that country. Although ostensibly about the life of Mexico's republican leader, Benito Juárez, as Elena Maria points out, the film is today best-known for the magnificent performances of Bette Davis as the Belgian-born Empress of Mexico, Carlota, and British actor Brian Aherne as the Emperor, Maximilian von Hapsburg. Elena Maria is particularly glowing in her review of Bette Davis's performance of the Empress's mental breakdown which, as she quite rightly says, was probably one of the acting highlights of Davis's career.
For the full review, click HERE.
For my review of a book on Bette Davis's life, click HERE.