Saturday, July 8, 2017

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Academy Awards, USA 1963

Best Costume Design, Black-and-White
Norma Koch
Best Actress in a Leading Role
Bette Davis
Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Victor Buono
Best Cinematography, Black-and-White
Ernest Haller
Best Sound
Joseph D. Kelly (Seven Arts-Warner Bros. Glen Glenn Sound Department)

Warner Bros.
Directed by Robert Aldrich
My rating: 2.5 stars out of 4
IMDb Wikipedia
(Blu-ray, Warner Bros)

Former child star Bette Davis and her movie star sister Joan Crawford are living together in a mansion in later years. Davis has been forgotten and is insanely jealous of her sister's success and notoriety in films. An accident, blamed on Davis, has left Crawford in a wheel chair and totally dependent on Davis, who is descending into alcoholism and madness. Crawford wants to sell the house, sending Davis into a spiral of kidnapping and murder. Over-the-top plot, with a performance by Davis to match, is never boring, but barely believable. In particular, a couple of vital plot points depend on Davis' ability to imitate her sister's voice, which is obviously dubbed, taking me right out of the film. Nonetheless, it's a classic of its kind.

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