(These sweet, well-mannered and delightful kids make the Von Trapps look liked spoiled brats!) Based on the best-selling novel by Rachel Lyman Field, adapted to the screen by Casey Robinson, Anatole Litvak’s melodrama, All This and Heaven Too, is a nineteenth century tale of unrequited love. Supposedly the marriage had collapsed due to the growing relationship between Theobald and the children's governess, Mlle. But she was extremely convincing in her "vixen" parts, as well. Anatole Litvak certainly loved France.He made films in that country during the previous decade ,some of which were remarkable .He ended his career in Victor Hugo's land but his latter efforts were not really exciting.Even when he was in Hollywood ,he never forgot it as this "all this and Heaven too" ,"Act of love" and parts of "decision at dawn" bear witness. See-sawing from playing a doomed heroine dying from a brain tumor in DARK VICTORY to playing Elizabeth the Queen in THE PRIVATE LIVES OF ELIZABETH AND ESSEX to playing Queen Carlotta in JUAREZ and then doing a complete about-face to stun audiences with her nasty portrayal of Leslie Crosbie in THE LETTER, she could do it all. I wasn't expecting to enjoy this movie, but I fell under its spell. Boyer delivers a very dramatic heartfelt speech from his deathbed. If you only know Ms. Davis from films like "Whatever Happened to Baby Jane", you owe it to yourself to see these wonderful earlier films. I read the book the first time when I was in high school and loved the book as much as the movie. Did you see this movie? Barbara O'Neil, as the Duchesse is wonderful and she deserved an Oscar nomination. All This And Heaven Too is a fine romantic film from a director of same, Anatole Litvak. At a school for girls in America, a new teacher, Henriette Deluzy Desportes begins to teach French grammar. All This, and Heaven Too. Movie Reviews; More. All of this builds momentum until a climactic crime of passion takes a life. Every aspect of this film is sumptuously appointed and oozing with class. The adaptation only portrays about half of the story found in the source novel, which continues Davis's character's life after her new start in America. Bette Davis is at her best as the heroine of this slightly implausible story. I also loved her in Dark Victory and Now Voyager. With an elaborate array of gowns and hairstyles (and with eyelashes that seem to jut out from the screen in 3-D), she savors every moment of her screen time and turns every scene into a combination Kabuki act/German opera. Film, Action and adventure. Davis portrays her character with quiet dignity, and the all around great cast works well together. Besides O'Neil's nomination for Best Supporting Actress which she lost to Jane Darwell for The Grapes Of Wrath that year, it was up for Best Picture and for Best Black and White Cinematography. Theo and Henriette, predictably, begin to fall in love, which further complicates things, sending the crazy wife into even more rages of insanity. Based on a Rachel Field novel and directed by Anatole Litvak, ALL THIS, AND HEAVEN TOO stars two cinema icons...Bette Davis and Charles Boyer. Many truths about that event may never be known – more on that later. 8 - Great movie, don't miss it. Charles Boyer is fine as the Duc; he and Davis have a most interesting, classy chemistry between them. This is among my favorite Bette Davis movies. Please enter your email address and we will email you a new password. It winds up just a touch on the long side, but first time viewers probably won't mind as the story is involving and dramatic. And here, the contrast between hate and love, seems to be an allegory of evil(The Duchesse, a poisoned psycho woman) and good (The Duc and Henriette). (Who was also corseted to within an inch of his receding hairline. Martyn Field, presented the governess as the victim of circumstances (working in a household that was falling apart). Fanny was the daughter of Marachal Horace Sebastiani, one of the leading political and social figures in the July Monarchy or Orleans Monarchy of France, under King Louis Phillippe (1830 - 1848). All This and Heaven Too (1940) is based on the true story of Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, here played by Bette Davis, and her involvement in the infamous Duchess Du Praslin murder case. Bette Davis had so many memorial film performances that it's hard to rank them - but her role here is just superb, particularly because it shows how subtle and nuanced she could be. O'Neil played another albatross of a wife opposite Boyer the year prior to this in "When Tomorrow Comes". Detailed plot synopsis reviews of All This and Heaven, Too. Interesting to see June Lockhart as a teen-ager as Isabelle de Praslin. This classic movie and others was made when she was at the height of her career. The movie is long and long on melodrama. Comments Show all. Bette Davis Filmography Watch: Movie #59: All This, And Heaven Too. 10 - A masterpiece, go, see it now. I had never heard of this film, and it blew me away! The story of the march on Selma organized by Martin … I agree with those who think that this may be the best performance by Bette Davis in her long career. The film was critically acclaimed but because of its overlong 143 minutes and grim story line, it was not the blockbuster the studio hoped for. If you're looking for a chain-smoking, scenery-chewing Bette Davis, this is not the movie for you. Barbara O'Neil is best known as being Vivien Leigh's demure mother in "Gone With The Wind", but here she's pure venom, needy and possessive as Boyers jealous wife who suspects an affair. We see that only by the looks in her eyes. Davis is grand in what could have been a pretty colorless role. Movie Reviews; More. The only quibble at all with the cast is the little boy (Richard Nichols) who played the 4 year old Reynald de Praslin, who kept saying lines with French words (mostly Madamoiselle) with a super-syrupy Georgia-like accent. yes, this is a man's story, from the patriarchal point-of-view, even though seemingly everyone involved was capable of a more nuanced version of events. One of the girls asks Henriette to spell the name of a French prison and a Duc. Bette Davis plays Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, a governess in 19th Century France, who lands a position working for Theo, Duc De Praslin (Charles Boyer) and his family. Davis and Boyer are good, but it's Barbara O'Neil who stands out as Boyer's neurotic and obsessive wife. Fans who come to the film hoping to see a fire-breathing Davis will surely discover a new icon to adore in O'Neil. When lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy comes to educate the children of the debonair Duc de Praslin, a royal subject to King Louis-Philippe and the husband of the volatile and obsessive Duchesse de Praslin, she instantly incurs the wrath of her mistress, who is insanely jealous of anyone who comes near her estranged husband. He was at the peak of his good looks and debonair French charm during the '30's and '40's, and he is very likable here. It's nice to see her playing such a docile role with such skill and earnestness, getting full sympathy for her character. in ALL THIS, she is at the mercy of a "prestige production" into which tons of dough were poured. All in all, I think this movie is great by itself, and a wonderful testament to the novel by Rachel Field. Max Steiner's musical score was never better. But by 1847 it had grown corrupt, and it was suffering a series a serious scandals. However, the one who really spices things up is O'Neil. (Her performance is good, but those false eyelashes that she wears are distracting! Fanny came to America, where she taught school and married into the Field family (her brother-in-law Cyrus was a financier who laid the Atlantic Cable, and her brother-in-law Stephen was an Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court). showtimes info reviews trailer. 6 September 2006 | blanche-2 8 | Beautiful period piece from Warners. "All This, and Heaven Too" is based on a novel about a real event. Boyer's thick accent betrays how out of place most everyone else's is, but it hardly matters in a production this grand. Helene Deluzy-Desportes. Soon, the children start to revere Davis, Boyer begins to turn to her for friendship and his mega-neurotic wife gets more and more jealous and unhinged until things start to get ugly. Definitely a two-hankie film. All This and Heaven Too (1940) They don’t come much weepier than this one. All about All This, and Heaven Too (1940) English Cinema, Trailer, Video clips, All This, and Heaven Too Reviews, Expert Reviews, Story, Photo Gallery, Trivia & Goofups and All This, and Heaven Too Songs. Warner’s publicity department even bragged that this movie had more sets than GWTW. Watch All This And Heaven Too movie trailer and get the latest cast info, photos, movie review and more on TVGuide.com. She plays a restrained character who tolerates abuse and bad behavior of the duchess. While not perfect, the story and romance suck you right in and make it hard to stop watching. It's a pretty long, gloomy haul, though lavishly mounted (with photography by Ernest Haller) and sensitively acted. But now I have just seen it I can say it's a dark picture but plenty of love. Her performance as the neglected wife of Charles Boyer is memorable in every way. All This And Heaven Too A classic of unrequited love, based on the best-selling Rachel Field novel set in 19th-century France. It is every bit as wonderful as I rememberer. The involved viewer will have cried several times before the final fade-out; the movie earns its tears, and then some. So much venom in her performance, she is a striking actress and was rightfully nominated for a Supporting Actress Oscar. So while All This And Heaven Too is something of an odd fish among her body of work, it doesn't mean it's not good and Bette is more than up to the task. This was a middle-class supported monarchy, and was far more liberal than it's predecessor monarchy under King Louis's cousins the Bourbons. Bette Davis' quiet performance was captivating, the love between the two main characters was tragic and romantic. While "Now Voyager" and "All About Eve" may be more impressive (because she plays stronger characters) this is really a stunning, quiet, yet wonderful job. The actual relationship between the governess and the Duc remains questioned, although most believe she was his lover. The definitive site for Reviews, Trailers, Showtimes, and Tickets Nothing in the austere cover art could prepare a person for this splendiferous chunk of camp artistry that lies within the film. The year is 1846, but Franz Lehár, his composer was born in 1870, and the operetta premiere was in 1905. Based on a true case that rocked Paris in the early Victorian age, All this and Heaven too details the tragic, never consummated love affair between a lonely governess and her aristocratic employer. I am reading the book to this fabulous movie, and when I saw that it was going to be on TCM, I just had to see the movie. More movie reviews. She plays a children's governess who gets herself all caught up in a scandal involving her employer, a Duke played by Charles Boyer. First of all, she's sweet and kind, soft-spoken and rather docile. A duchess' irrational behavior toward the governess of her children triggers tragic events that will change her family's lives forever. As for the French, they blamed the government for allowing the Duc to escape justice, and within a year the July Monarchy was overthrown. It's strange to imagine that anyone could upstage Bette Davis yet this is exactly what happens in this film. She was previously a governess who found herself hired into a home laced with turmoil and despair. This was how they used to do it right! Based upon the popular 1937 novel written by Henriette Duluzy Desporte's grandneice, one Rachel Field, this movie was a prime vehicle for Bette Davis. Read 50 reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Finally, "Gone With the Wind" fan alert! The movie runs in a very good pace and the only negative point is the anachronism fault, I mean the ball scene where we listen to "The Merry Widow". All This, and Heaven Too is a 1940 epic from Warner Brothers intended as that studio's answer to Gone With the Wind from the year before. All This, and Heaven Too (1940) cast and crew credits, including actors, actresses, directors, writers and more. This was considered Warners big "prestige" picture for 194O, and it shows: no expense in the production costs were spared, it's an exceptionally finely crafted motion picture. Add a Review User Reviews. The story slowly builds and shifts until we begin to see a budding romance between the Duc (Boyer) and the school teacher (Davis). ENTER CITY, STATE OR ZIP CODE GO. The new addition to the family works her magic on everyone but the Duchesse. All rights reserved. Barbara O"Neil, who played Ellen O'Hara (Scarlett's mother), and Harry Davenport (Dr. Meade) both have excellent parts in this picture. and to receive email from Rotten Tomatoes and Fandango. All This and Heaven Too, his second album as a leader, even resembles a particular Byrd album that he played on in 1998, Au Courant.Like that album, Redd has combined vibraphones with guitar and bass for an intimate but spunky sound. Sidney Poitier’s 7 Most Memorable Performances, All Harry Potter Movies Ranked Worst to Best by Tomatometer. Charles Boyer plays this role in which he commits suicide. All the period sets and costumes are magnificent, the supporting players are expert and, of course, Max Steiner contributes one of his most impressive background scores. Movie: All This, and Heaven Too Bible Based Review. When one learns that vibraphonist Chuck Redd got his start as a drummer in the Charlie Byrd Trio, it's easy to understand where he began developing his taste. That's not to say that Davis lacks in any way, and frankly her part demands that she take a back seat to that of O'Neil. You can easily overlook that fault, because that is what to be expected. But, the students aren't paying any attention. Rachel Field wrote about the scandalous 1847 murder of the Duchesse du Praslin by her much-abused husband, Charles de Choiseul-Praslin. it goes on and on, repeating the same scenes of (1) love of children, (2) no hanky panky with the governess, (3) charmless hysterical wife he can't divorce. All This, and Heaven Too book. Don't have an account? All This, and Heaven Too "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onDecember 15, 1941 with Charles Boyer and Bette Davis reprising their film roles. It's one of the most romantic, tragic movies you'll see. This is what classic movies were all about. Bette Davis was fantastic, playing against type, and Charles Boyer was great, playing the tormented man he did so well. Originally, O'Neil's interpretation of the horrendously neurotic Dutchess was played looking a disheveled, unkempt mess physically. As Henriette, Davis is much more subdued than normal, and her performance is genuinely affecting: another victorious portrait added to her quickly growing gallery of unforgettable heroines and vixens. Instead the Surete was not fooled, and Theobald was arrested. "All This, and Heaven Too" is a delightful drama of tightly repressed passions in a dysfunctional, noble French household. Based upon factual incidents, the story tells of how the notorious 1847 murder of the Dutchess (played with venomous relish by the tall & stately Barbara O'Neil) made Henriette the most notoriously suspicious and despised woman in Europe for a time. It is based on the first half of the book by the same name which was written by Henriette’s great niece. Bette Davis, corseted to within an inch of her life, is hired as governess by the Duc de Something, played with smoldering eyes by Charles Boyer. Your rating. Barbara O'Neil dominates it from beginning to end. I would recomend this movie to every one. Marachel Sebastiani (Montague Love in the film) died prematurely in 1851 - the last victim of the crime. Bette Davis Obviously Steals The Show For Me But Everyone Else Is Great As Well. A long but moving Warner Bros. prestige picture. Soap Opera - And No Less Magnificent For It, Bette Davis cannot save this longwinded claptrap, Great top-drawer production from Hollywood's Golden Era, Melodrama par excellence for Bette Davis and Company. "All This and Heaven, Too," is a soap opera, but of the best kind. Boyer and O'Neil play the bitterly estranged couple who place Davis in charge of their four children. however, she never wrote or directed. All This, and Heaven Too is a film directed by Anatole Litvak with Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn, Barbara O'Neil .... Year: 1940. Davis plays Mademoiselle Henriette Deluzy-Desportes, a … Boyer is good in his role and so is Bette Davis. Davis is unquestionably the greatest american film actress of the sound period in the 20th century. Login & Signup. Academy voters that year probably couldn't have lived with themselves if they had chosen her vitriolic work over noble Jane Darwell in "The Grapes of Wrath" (not to mention heavy hitter Judith Anderson, nominated for "Rebecca") so she had to settle for a nomination. Directed by Anatole Litvak. Movie Reviews. It has all the ingredients that a romance flick of this kind needs, from a tortured but noble heroine who suffers for the sins of others to a charming and unfortunate hero to an incredible harridan of a wife who makes life miserable for the both of them. The producers thought her appearance would be a bit too uncooth for viewers to endure, but that decision robbed O'Neil of a far more effective characterization. An incredibly long but never dull adaptation of the Rachel Field best-seller, All This and Heaven Too was based on a once-notorious European scandal. She is completely over the top and utterly outrageous at times in her expression and delivery, but it's such a joy to watch and she injects such a fierce dose of vinegar into the story that it doesn't matter. The Duc poisons himself as the twenty-five year old governess is released from jail because of lack of evidence. And in that regard, Davis is superb. He was very good in his role. Also, I enjoyed Charles Boyer, too. Her character of the jealous and cold wife makes this film worth watching alone. How do you rate it? director Anatole Litvak takes the rap for transcribing Rachel Field's earnest novel to the screen without a scriptwrtier's necessary streamlining. All This and Heaven Too Adapted From:All This and Heaven Too by Rachel Fields DirectorAnatole Litvak Actors:Bette Davis, Charles Boyer, Jeffrey Lynn Release Date:July 13, 1940. Nothing in her calm, level portrayal of Scarlett O'Hara's mother in "Gone With the Wind" the year before could prepare one for her gnashing, venomous, hysterical work here. I thought that Bette Davis was just great. Every single character was exactly as I had imagined them, although Henriette spends six years with the Praslin family, not approximately a year. This Review Reveals Minor Details About the Plot. Justice League. Davis is the shy governess whom intense, sad-eyed Charles Boyer falls deeply in love with. It told a version of the story of the murder, in Paris in 1847, of Fanny Sebastiani Choiseul-Praslin, Duchesse and wife of Theobald, Duc de Choiseul-Praslin. Yet, it's her patience, composure, and innocence that comes across so convincingly. All This, and Heaven Too . I saw this movie a long time ago - perhaps 50 years to be exact and that time I was not able to comment on it, except of course "I liked it" or not. For those of you who are avid devoted fans of Bette Davis, this film is a "must have" to add to your digital movie collection. Other than that, It was a true classic. But while under arrest he took poison, and he died denying his guilt and denying the involvement of the governess. A 19th century French Duc de Praslin(Boyer)and his children's governess(Davis)are scandalously accused of killing his wife, the Duchesse(Barbara O'Neil). Select stars from 1 to 10. Bette Davis is a schoolteacher whose past returns to haunt her in "All This and Heaven Too," a true story which took place in 1840s France and turned into a novel by Rachel Field. All This and Heaven Too may not be great drama, but it's a jim-dandy melodrama -- the kind of "women's picture" that's a real guilty pleasure. Barbara O'Neil played the reverse role from Gone with the Wind, where she played the quiet, calm, maternal figure, (Scarlett's mother), and her daughter was the loud, uncouth and jealous one. To diffuse their wrath, she tells them her story. She is a devoted governess who loves children and teaching. Rotten Tomatoes, home of the Tomatometer, is the most trusted measurement of quality for Movies & TV. This was a very special child actor and, thankfully, he was able to shine in a few other films as well. Director Anatole Litvak does an exceedingly good job with this romantic period piece, as do each of the actors involved. Synopsis: Bette Davis stars as the lovely and virtuous governess Henriette Deluzy in the film version of Rachel Field's epic historical romance novel ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO. Barbara O'Neil is wonderful. All This, and Heaven Too was Warner Bros. epic, big-budget, costume drama answer to Gone With the Wind, which had taken the movie-going world by storm in December of 1939. and the Terms and Policies, Charles Boyer was perfectly attractive, helpless, and a little mad as Monsieur le Duc de Praslin. Based on one user review. And the children? The real scene-stealer in this one is Barbara O'Neil (she was Scarlett O'Hara's demure mother). He is his usual suave and smooth self. Things to Do Food & Drink Arts & Culture Movies Time In Time Out Market News More All This, and Heaven Too. Anatole Litvak directs with tact and restraint this period melodrama (a woman's picture) about a governess who falls for her employer-nobleman. May 13, 2015 Whitney movie review 0 Comments. Davis was known for playing dramatic roles so well – to make her characters so real. You have to sign in to submit comments. I saw the movie ALL THIS AND HEAVEN TOO when it first came out back in the early 1940s. Bette Davis, late in life, told Boze Hadleigh in one of her numerous interviews with him that she could not be accused of repeating herself. When students at a 19th century "School for Young Ladies" begin gossiping about the scandalous past of new French teacher Bette Davis (as as Henriette Deluzy-Desportes), she decides to tell them the whole "true story" about what really happened
In flashback, lonely Mademoiselle Davis sails from England to France, where she will apply, and be accepted, as governess to the four children of Charles Boyer and Barbara O'Neil (as the Duc and Duchesse de Praslin) - tearful June Lockhart (as Isabelle), precocious Virginia Weidler (as Louise), cute Ann Todd (as Berthe), and sickly Richard Nichols (as Reynald). The aforementioned kids are all excellent, but special mention must go to the spectacularly adorable Nichols. Now I have the movie in both VHS and DVD and I have just re-read the book. ALL THIS AND HEAVEN, TOO—Screen play by Casey Robinson; based on the novel by Rachel Field; produced and directed by Anatole Litvak for Warner Brothers. She commits herself to the type of behavior that would have been appropriate for a woman of this standing and does very well. I've seen O'Neil in a some well-known films, among them "Stella Dallas, "Gone With the Wind" and "Angel Face" but this is the one that elevates her among the superstars of acting. Drama queen Davis has several scenes where she stares(with those Bette Davis eyes) letting that 'look' reveal her deepest emotions. Time Out says. There are other sturdy character actors throughout to aid the film. Bette Davis drops her scenery-chewing manner and is absolutely docile and restrained throughout as a woman falsely accused of having a love affair with Charles Boyer. O'Neil is perfect as the cold and uncaring Duchesse. This is one of Davis' most subtle and quiet performances, and may just be my favourite film of hers yet. Enter your location to see which movie theaters are playing All This and Heaven Too near you. Sign up here. O'Neil goes from being one of the most beloved mothers of the silver screen to one of the most hated, and she excels. Barbara O'Neil, (who the year before had played Scarlett O'Hara's mother in "Gone With The Wind") is the nasty character in this one. Forgot your password? She was very good. All the time she seems to be acquiring an affection for the duke – empathy, respect, and possibly love. This Warners production is handsomely, impeccably made and it really captures the mood of it's setting. Cast + Crew; Awards; Saturday, July 13, 1940; 2 hr 23 min Drama; Tell us where you are Looking for movie tickets? As a lifelong fan of Davis it's difficult for me to admit preferring another performance but this is one film where I do. I had to agree with other comments on the movie. This excellent period drama is based on a popular novel of 1939 by Rachel Field. Davis (in a gentle, timid, but thoughtful performance) plays a French teacher whose students discover some unseemly gossip about her. Review Conclusion w/ Christian Recommendation. Finally, whatever the cause, Theobald beat Fanny to death, and tried to make it look like a burglar did it. Not being one of Bette's better known movies, I'd like to argue that perhaps it should be. But the historical event aside, one can judge this film as the story is presented here. The costuming and hairstyles deserve mentioning too. Henriette Deluzy comes to an unhappy house. Copyright © Fandango. The Acting Here Is Incredible Bette Davis And Charles Boyer Give Outstanding Performances Charles Boyers Voice Is Amazing And I Would Kill For It But That Accent Not So Much (What Was That). The lack of sex in their marriage is made strikingly obvious. 7 - Good movie, worth seeing. There are no kisses not even passionate words, but we feel love emerging from the scenes, not only between a man and a woman, but love for children and most of all love for life. The murder of Duchesse Fanny by her husband was the last real blow. Bette Davis is the governess turned teacher, Henriette, Charles Boyer is the man of the house, the Duc de Praslin, Barbara O'Neill is his neurotic wife, and Jeffrey Lynn a minister friend who helps Henriette. She could not have been closer to the truth, because she went from role to role giving powerhouse performances, and even if the movie in itself was less than stellar, she would make sure the viewer remembered her.