Warnings on a poster for “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?” (1962)
Letter to Joan Crawford regarding a delay in filming What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (dir. Robert Aldrich, 1962) because of Bette Davis’s illness
…from “What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.” (1962)
maybe i’m strange, but i still like modern films. i never bash remakes until i’ve seen them. i love going to movie theaters for new releases. i love modern horror flicks, and i’m obsessed with a ton of actresses who are still alive.
let’s give modern hollywood a break. for every unnecessary remake and absolutely shitty comedy (i’m looking at you, ted,) modern hollywood has also given us some brilliant original films.
let’s stop hating to hate. let’s bash the movies that have been released and that actually suck.
let’s bash remakes after they come out. who knows. maybe “what ever happened to baby jane?” will be awful. maybe it will just be mediocre. but with the right direction and cast, it could be a classic in its own right. and people who like (or don’t like) the remake could be driven to see the original which would introduce modern audiences to bette and joan, and to classic hollywood in general.
My Favorite Human: Bette Davis
“I have been uncompromising, peppery, intractable, monomaniacal, tactless, volatile, and ofttimes disagreeable… I suppose I’m larger than life.”
Bette Davis in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?