Special – FX’s Feud & What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962)
In this episode we’re joined by guest star Cassandra Kane, and we’re all going to discuss Robert Aldrich’s 1962 gothic horror film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, and Ryan Murphy’s new FX series Feud: Bette and Joan.
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What Ever Happened to Baby Jane (1962) dir. Robert Aldrich, USA
Strait-Jacket (1964) dir. William Castle, USA
The Nanny (1965) dir. Seth Holt, ENG
“What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” (1962) w: Frank DeVol, p: Debbie Burton & Bette Davis
“Autumn Leaves” (1956) w: Jacques Prevert, p: Nat King Cole
“Feud” [Score] (2017) w: Mac Quayle
AMC’s Filmsite.org has again given us a stellar write-up of this classic movie. Check this out, and then spend the next few months of your life following links on their page and researching every other great American movie ever made.
VICE Magazine wrote a great article on why Baby Jane should not be considered ‘camp’, but instead should be regarded as one of the greatest movies of all-time.
Dramatica has done another story write-up, following the key story arcs and dramatic beats of Lukas Heller’s gothic horror screenplay.
If you don’t listen to the podcast “You Must Remember This”, then you must be missing out. Recently host Karina Longworth did a series called Six Degrees of Joan Crawford, and dedicated an episode to Baby Jane and the feud between Crawford and Bette Davis.
The University of Kent hold an interestingly-titled Melodrama Research Group, and have done an equally interesting article on Baby Jane.
Senses of Cinema is another great website, and here’s their in-depth look at the movie.
If you haven’t seen Bette Davis singing “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane” on the Andy Williams Show, your life just isn’t complete. You can change that by clicking here.
The New York Times says Feud asks a question that is as important now as it was in 1962: where are the roles for women in the entertainment industry?
Harpers Bazaar has a thrilling timeline of the real-life antagonism between the two great actresses.
Flavorwire compare the show to the movie, and state that much of the ‘feud’ is on-screen in Baby Jane.
Australian newspaper the Sydney Morning Herald looks at how the Hollywood system was originally responsible for turning Davis and Crawford against one another.
Finally, Vanity Fair discuss the amazing opening credits of FX’s Feud. If you haven’t seen it, you need to!
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