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"Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" - part of Oscar's Horrors Wknd

Event title "Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?" - part of Oscar's Horrors Wknd
Beginning Date Friday February 23rd, 2018 PM 8:00
Ending Date Friday February 23rd, 2018 PM 10:30
Location Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Sq, Jersey City, NJ 07306
Contact Colin Egan
Description Starring Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono. Directed by Robert Aldrich. 1962, 132mins., B&W. Screened in 35mm.

$8 Adults / $6 Seniors & Kids; Combo pricing for seeing more than one film in a weekend series.

Bettie Davis and Joan Crawford, both Academy Award winners and two of Classic Hollywood’s greatest divas, famously had less than no love-loss between them, so the idea to cast them together in the same picture as antagonists, at a time when both their careers were in decline, was somewhere between pure inspiration and sadistic evil. The result is a gothic exercise in psychological terror that offers real suspense with some delicious camp.

As a child, "Baby Jane" Hudson was the toast of vaudeville. As an adult, however, Baby Jane was overshadowed by her more talented sister, Blanche, who became a top movie star. Then one night in the early '30s, came the accident which crippled Blanche for life and was blamed on a drunken, jealous Jane. Flash-forward to 1962: Jane (Bette Davis), decked out in garish chalk-white makeup, still lives with the invalid Blanche (Joan Crawford) in their decaying L.A. mansion. When Jane isn't tormenting the helpless Blanche by serving her dead rats for breakfast, she is plotting and planning her showbiz comeback. Convinced that her days are numbered if she remains in the house with her sister, Blanche desperately tries to get away, but all avenues of escape seem cut off by the deranged Jane. The duo’s real-life animosity is palpable, and creates a macabre electricity. Crawford plays her part basically flat, but against this, Davis turns in an over-the-top, scene chewing performance that is as unforgettable as it is twisted; there’s no way around admitting that the guilty pleasure of this movie is watching Davis torment Crawford with apparent glee. Director Robert Aldrich handles the eccentric material well, mixing equal parts dramatic, creepy and humorous, to create a peculiar but striking tone. If “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” has become something of a cult classic, it also deserves to be known as a skillfully made, well-performed nail-biter.

While it’s easy to think that Davis enjoyed the chance to skewer and upstage her old nemesis, it must have been bittersweet for an actress who had been nominated for an Academy Award ten times, won twice, and was once one of the Silver Screen’s most glamorous leading ladies to have to play such a campy, crazed, an ugly character. Still, the part garnered Davis another Best Actress Oscar nomination and gave her a new lease on her career as a kind of celebrity character actress. The film did win an Academy Award for the now-retired category of Best Black and White Costume Design.

Also in this series: "Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde" 1931 Feb. 24 6PM and "The Silence of the Lambs" Feb 24 8PM
Categories Art & Entertainment
Last Modified Monday February 12th, 2018
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