From Hollywood's earliest days, there has been no shortage of strong women on the silver screen, as well as behind the scenes. One of the early pioneers, Mary Pickford, formed United Artists (along with Charlie Chaplin and her husband Douglas Fairbanks) so that they could have more control over how their films were distributed and what audiences saw on the screen.
Even in 2016, it's still true that there is a shortage of roles for strong women, especially as actresses age. There are exceptions, of course, such as Meryl Streep, Helen Mirren, and Judi Dench. H And throughout film history, there are some great performances about which we can say, "There is an example of a strong woman on the screen."
Bette Davis was one of those actresses, with fantastic, strong performances in All About Eve, Dark Victory, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, and The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex. This week on Flicks in Five, we'll hear some of Erich Wolfgang Korngold's score to The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex.