Big Screen: What Ever Happened to Baby Jane

8/20/2023; 46 minutes

Lucy Fischer (English and Film Studies, University of Pittsburgh) joins moderator Patrice Petro (Dick Wolf Director of the Carsey-Wolf Center) in a post-screening discussion of What Ever Happened to Baby Jane, a psychological thriller about the rivalry between aging Hollywood sisters. In their conversation, they illuminate the similarities between the film's themes and the much publicized behind-the-scenes drama between stars Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Fischer reflects on the film's playful incorporation of conventions from Gothic horror and melodrama, as well as its status as a camp classic. Recorded on 05/02/2023. (#39049)

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