It would not lessen the impact of her performances, however 1951's The Blue Veil, 1957's Lizzie, and John Cassavetes' 1978 dramedy Opening Night confirmed that maturity had not diminished her gift.
Blondell represented "the three-dimensional face on a two-dimensional screen," according to Kennedy, who describes her as "full of surprises, one moment as tough as Joan Crawford, the next as fragile as Margaret Sullivan, the next as saucy as Mae West." Her screen image represents a peak moment of Hollywood radiance. But that same radiant image contained a delicate talent yearning for the darkness of obscurity.
JOAN BLONDELL: THE FIZZ ON THE SODA
Fri/13 through June 29, $9.50 ($13.50 for double bills)
Pacific Film Archive Theater
2575 Bancroft, Berk.