What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
A poison-pen letter to Tinseltown from the wild Robert Aldrich*, WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? locks viewers into the decrepit Hancock Park mansion with the Hudson sisters, former child actress Jane (Bette Davis) and her wheelchair-bound sister, Blanche (Joan Crawford), whose own stardom was cut short by a freak “accident.” Pungent Gothic atmospherics and the duet performances of two divas who violently detested one another (depicting in Ryan Murphy’s hit TV show “Feud,” now on-air) make for a camp cult classic and one of Aldrich’s biggest hits. (1962, Robert Aldrich, US, 134 min, DCP)
Recommended Aldrich: THE BIG KNIFE (1955), KISS ME DEADLY (1955), AUTUMN LEAVES (1956), THE DIRTY DOZEN (1967)
Mon, May 22: Introduction by Alicia Kozma (UIUC Media & Cinema Studies Department, the Art Theater Board of Directors)