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98 Ratings

Beyond the Forest

Directed by King Vidor
United States, 1949
Drama, Thriller, Film noir


Based on a best-selling novel by Stuart Engstrand, the film stars Davis as Rosa Moline, a small-town girl with big-city ambitions. Trapped in a dull marriage to just-getting-by lawyer Lewis Moline, Rosa plots and plans to sexually entrap millionaire industrialist Neil Latimer.

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Beyond the Forest Directed by King Vidor

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1950 | Nominee: Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic or Comedy Picture

Critics reviews

If Beyond the Forest deserves serious attention from film buffs (and I feel it does) that does not mean it is not lurid, vulgar, trashy, overblown and fatally miscast… [It’s] subversive in a way that few films in a complacent post-World War II Hollywood would ever dare to be. We in the audience may empathise with Rosa, not because she is in any way likeable or engaging (she isn’t) but because we ourselves would dread the sheer tedium of living in that house, in that town….
September 26, 2013
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Beyond the Forest is neither an overlooked gem nor a coherent social statement… nor merely a camp classic… Nor is it a representative women’s picture, film noir, Dreiserian tragedy, or titillating potboiler, though it stirs in (or coughs up) chunks of each. It’s the ultimate bad hangover of a movie: a debris-stuffed grab bag of recrimination, guilt, malice, shame, and generalized nausea.
July 14, 2013
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