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The Essentials: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

  • Starring: Bette Davis, Joan Crawford, Victor Buono
  • Director: Robert Aldrich
  • Genre(s): Drama, Horror, Thriller
  • Rating: NR
  • Running Time: 132 min.

The Essentials: Bette Davis
This quarterly series showcases the “essential” films everyone should see on the big screen. For each month-long program, we’ll screen five films organized by one of the following themes: directors, actors, genres, and eras/movements.

Essential tickets are $9 for Adults, $8 for Students/Seniors and Members get in Free

Summary: 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 which 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 addlepated sister, Blanche desperately tries to get away, but all avenues of escape are cut off by the deranged Jane. [All Movie Guide]

"A lurid melodrama of hate, revenge and murder, a high-class horror film, in the Hitchcock vein, with virtuoso performances from Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, and moments both searing and poignant."
- James Powers, Hollywood Reporter
"Remains fascinatingly warped: an extended study in decaying flesh, set to a score mordantly trying to break into Hooray for Hollywood."
- Mike McCahill, Guardian
"Aldrich's direction and dynamite performances from the two old troupers make this film an experience."
- Don Druker, Chicago Reader
"The chain of circumstances grows, violence creating violence. Once the inept, draggy start is passed, the film's pace builds with ever-growing force."
- Variety Staff, Variety

Showtimes

  • Sunday, 6/2 tbd
  • Monday, 6/3 tbd