Sunday, February 01, 2015

indelible moment: Aldrich's "What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?"

"You mean, all this time we coulda been ... friends?"
-Baby Jane Hudson to her sister Blanche, dying on a Santa Monica beach.


Kim said...

Great moment but, personally, I prefer any scene with Edwin.

p.r. said...

What a coincidence that you should mention this. Twenty years ago I saw "Baby Jane" again while shopping at Tower Records. It was playing on video monitors with the sound off, and made a riveting silent film. A month ago I saw the final 40 minutes again, silent, in a bar. I was struck by the "could have been friends" line and even more struck by Davis's silent realization just before that. To me it's one of the great moments of acting, as her face moves slowly across an arc, as the meaning of her life changes completely. Remarkable.

larry said...

It's like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book
on it or something. A fantastic read. This is wonderful blog. I will definitely be back.