Now, Voyager (1942)
National Film RegistryAward nominations: Academy Award for Best Actress (Bette Davis)
Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress (Gladys Cooper)Award details: (details at IMDb)
Now, Voyager is a 1942 American drama film starring Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, and Claude Rains, and directed by Irving Rapper. The screenplay by Casey Robinson is based on the 1941 novel of the same name by Olive Higgins Prouty. Prouty borrowed her title from the Walt Whitman poem "The Untold Want", which reads in its entirety, The untold want by life and land ne'er granted, Now, voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find. In 2007, Now, Voyager was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant." The film ranks #23 on AFI's 100 Years... 100 Passions, a list of the top love stories in American cinema. Film critic Steven Jay Schneider suggests the film continues to be popular due not only to its star power but also the "emotional crescendos" engendered in the storyline.