Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?
(Robert Aldrich, 1962).
The bitchy battle of the century played out in a decaying Hollywood mansion between warring sister divas Bette Davis and Joan Crawford gets off to a leisurely start, but builds with ever-growing force to a strong climax. Davis plays it for all its worth in a grotesque and florid performance; Crawford gives a quiet, remarkably fine interpretation of her crippled sister.
Sun., Aug. 31, 4 & 9 p.m.; Tue., Sept. 2, 7 p.m., 2008
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