Curated by TIFF Cinematheque Senior Programmer James Quandt and running from November 15 - December 8, this delectable tribute features 15 films that trace Davis' four-decade evolution from glamour girl to grande dame to Gothic gargoyle. Featuring a new digital restoration of the cult classic "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?" (1962), as well as a host of other Davis favourites including the film that shot her to stardom, "Of Human Bondage" (1934), "Dangerous" (1935), which garnered Davis her first Best Actress Oscar win for her turn as a self-destructive, tempestuous Broadway actress, and the endlessly quotable "All About Eve" (1950), an Academy darling, that received a total of six Oscars that year.
Also included in the retrospective are Davis' trilogy of films from her frequent collaborator and favourite director, William Wyler, referred to as "the male Bette Davis" by Davis herself, including the superb Malay-set noir, "The Letter" (1940); the powerful costume drama, "Jezebel" (1938); and the viciously entertaining adaptation of the Lillian Hellman play, "The Little Foxes" (1941).
Here are a few of Ms. Davis' most iconic quotes:
"When a man gives his opinion, he's a man. When a woman gives her opinion, she's a bitch." "There comes a time in every woman's life when the only thing that helps is a glass of champagne."
"Until you're known in my profession as a monster, you're not a star."
"If you want a thing well done, get a couple of old broads to do it."
"There was more good acting at Hollywood parties than ever appeared on the screen."
"I was the Marlon Brando of my generation."
The Hard Way: The Films of Bette Davis runs at TIFF Bell Lightbox from November 15 to December 8, 2013. Visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox site for the complete screening schedule.