Downtown Springfield Association
Moxie Cinema Essentials: "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane"

Moxie Cinema Essentials: “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane”

June, 3 2019 | 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

305 S Campbell Ave Springfield, Missouri 65806

$9 for adults, $8 for students/seniors, members get in free

“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
Sunday, 6/2 – 4:30 p.m.
Monday, 6/3 – 7:30 p.m.

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

Film Synopsis:
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]

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

“Made in 1965, this film, with its ravishing colors and beautiful ‘Scope camerawork by Raoul Coutard, still looks as iconoclastic and fresh as it did when it belatedly opened in the U.S.”
– Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader

“Godard has in this way set in motion what has been succinctly summed up as an “an existential Bonnie and Clyde,” a freewheeling lovers-on-the-lam adventure that is light and lyrical but also dark and contemplative.”
– Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times

“Many achievements in one, it’s a rebel road movie, radical manifesto, but above all a film about being driven mad by love. Godard’s two most iconic stars, Jean-Paul Belmondo and Anna Karina, play the adulterous couple who turn their back on bourgeois Parisian society and hit the road, heading ever southward.”
– Tim Robey, The Telegraph

” It’s a wild-eyed, everything-in-the-pot cross-processing of artistic, cinematic, political and personal concerns, where the story stutters, splinters and infuriates its way to an explosive finale. Taken as a whole, we’re right back to that word again: emotions.”
– Staff, Time Out

“Working from the outline provided by Lionel White’s novel Obsession, Godard was able to proceed without a script and create what he called “a completely spontaneous film.” Spontaneous or not, PIERROT LE FOU is arguably one of the few Godard pictures to have the desired balance of romance, adventure, violence, and humor on one side, and philosophy, literary and cinematic allusion, and Brechtian distancing on the other.”
– Staff, TV Guide