Starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is a thriller about an aging ex-vaudeville child star who initiates a psychotic reign of terror over her crippled 30’s movie-queen sister. Crawford is heartbreaking as Blanche, the terrorized sister hiding a dreadful secret. And Davis, in one of her best performances, portrays a yowling, grotesque Baby Jane -funny, frightening and utterly fabulous. –Cannes Film Festival
Robert Burgess Aldrich was born in Cranston, Rhode Island, the son of Lora Lawson and newspaper publisher Edward B. Aldrich. He was a grandson of U.S. Senator Nelson W. Aldrich and a cousin to Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller. He was educated at the Moses Brown School, Providence, Rhode Island, and studied economics at the University of Virginia. In 1941, he left university for a minor job at the RKO Radio Pictures, thus beginning his career as a cinéaste.
He quickly rose in film production as an assistant director, he worked with Jean Renoir, Abraham Polonsky, Joseph Losey and Charlie Chaplin, working with the latter as an assistant on Limelight. He became a television director in the 1950s, directing his first feature film, The Big Leaguer, in 1953. In that time, Aldrich was the rare American example of the auteur film maker, depicting his liberal humanist thematic vision in many genres, in films such as Kiss Me Deadly (1955), today a film noir classic, The Big Knife (1955), a cinematic… read more
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Who’s gonna think that these two actresses would ever fight or compete for fame in a movie filled with claustrophobic setup with a twist? I thought WHTBJ is a great movie about people who are confused… read review