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Captured on Film - The True Story of Marion Davies


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Blonde, beautiful and talented, Marion Davies was the first and funniest screwball comedienne. As star of two of the best comedies ever made, "Show People" and "The Patsy," she combined zany slapstick and exuberant mimicry; she was also famous for her 35-year-long love affair with William Randolph Hearst. Unfortunately she has too often been remembered for a film in which she never appeared: "Citizen Kane." Orson Welles may have based his great film on the life of Hearst, but Davies was nothing like Susan Alexander. This loving and insightful combination of archival film clips, interviews, and rare home movies explores her life and work, from her days dancing in the Ziegfield Follies through her relationship with Hearst, which led to Hearst creating for her a movie studio and a legendary castle where she reigned over the elite of Hollywood. Narrated by Charlize Theron, this moving tribute to a silver screen legend is one to cherish.


Tennessee Williams once wrote, "Marion Davies makes up for the rest of Hollywood," and this superb documentary demonstrates why the gifted actress was so beloved in high society. Executive produced by Hugh Hefner and narrated by Charlize Theron, Captured on Film corrects the fallacy that obscured Davies's achievements since the release of Citizen Kane in 1941. Orson Welles intended no harm with his masterpiece, but the film's portrayal of a publishing tycoon--loosely based on William Randolph Hearst and his lengthy affair with Davies--painted an unflattering portrait of a talentless, drunken mistress, and Davies was quite the opposite. Among many expert interviewees, film historian Kevin Brownlow observes that Davies was truly the first screwball comedian, and vintage film clips bear him out: watch Davies impersonate such film greats as Lillian Gish and Pola Negri, and you can see her comedic gift in full bloom, undiminished by time. Her 32-year devotion to Hearst (whose wife refused to divorce him) is accurately chronicled as sincere and meaningful, and the 1927 feature Quality Street offers a worthy showcase for Davies's versatile talents. (It was remade in 1937 with Katharine Hepburn; this silent version is arguably superior.) --Jeff Shannon

Special features

  • Bonus feature: the rarely seen Marion Davies feature "Quality Street" (1927, 111 min.), from a story by James M. Barrie, with a piano score by Philip Carli
  • Stills gallery

Product details

  • Actors: Marion Davies, Conrad Nagel, Helen Jerome Eddy, Flora Finch, Margaret Seddon
  • Directors: Hugh Munro Neely, Sidney Franklin
  • Writers: Hugh Munro Neely, Albert Lewin, Elaina Archer, Hanns Kräly, J.M. Barrie
  • Format: Black & White, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: December 3, 2002
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000714B3
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #168,248 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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