Analysis Of The Movie ' Voyager '

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Introduction. Now, Voyager is a 1942 melodramatic movie starring Bette Davis as Charlotte Vale, a depressed, overweight Bostonian spinster who transforms into a confident, independent woman. Charlotte has been dominated and repressed all of her life by her mother, Mrs. Henry Vale (Gladys Cooper). Eventually, Charlotte 's depression reaches a breaking point, and a nervous breakdown ensues. Renowned psychiatrist, Dr. Jaquith (Claude Rains), takes Charlotte to his sanitarium for treatment. After Charlotte’s mental health improves, she takes an ocean voyage, where she falls in love with a married man, Jerry Durrant (Paul Henread). When Charlotte returns home, her mother still continues to bully her. Mother accidently dies of a heart attack and Charlotte blames herself. To cope with this tragedy, Charlotte travels to Dr. Jacquith’s sanitarium where she discovers Jerry 's neurotic, mother-dominated daughter, Tina (Janis Wilson). Charlotte decides to become a second-mother to Tina. By the end of the movie, Charlotte blooms into a more confident and independent woman (Wallis & Rapper, 1942). The movie was based on a novel of the same name by Olive Higgins Pouty. She borrowed the title from Walt Whitman 's 1892 poem, “Leaves of Grass” under the sub section of “Untold Wants”. The movie was directed by Irving Rapper and was nominated for three Academy Awards, but only won for Best Score (TCMDb, 2005, 2010). In 2007, Now, Voyager was selected by The Library of Congress (2008) to

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