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« on: May 26, 2009, 01:47:59 PM »



http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0056687/


I'd say a serious contender for the title of Robert Aldrich's best movie. Correct script (with a couple of misses, yes), good directing and excellent performances from all actors. Smart Hitchcockian psychologically fueled drama-thriller with a great twist in the end, that knocks everybody under the ribs. Still excellent after all these years.


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« Reply #1 on: May 26, 2009, 05:45:45 PM »

I've only seen about a third of RA's work (maybe a little more, don't know) but I feel 100% confident stating KISS ME DEADLY is his best movie. WEHTBJ is repetitive: how many times does Davis pull essentially the same trick on Crawford? I grew tired of it after a while. It's a respectable movie, no doubt, but there really wasn't momentum sustained throughout.

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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2009, 05:17:57 PM »

Well, I said ''a serious contender'', I wasn't claiming it's the best for sure.

I agree it's marked with the tooth changes, yes. It's naive for today's perception, and it certainly isn't a horror. The scene when Baby Jane serves the dead rat to Blanche, previously telling her they have rats in the basement, while the trumpets are 'amplifying' the moment, may be the perfect example of that. Today kids would laugh to that in the cinema, then, I bet they had to take out of the cinema at least a couple of older ladies. But still, it's what I'd call a daring movie, and certainly more artistic and original than his Kiss Me Deadly. Don't get me wrong, KMD is a top notch noir, but I like this take on eroded family relations better


Plus, Victor Buono is hard to match in this one. (He was only 24 at the time.)

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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2009, 07:05:52 PM »

Plus, Victor Buono is hard to match in this one. (He was only 24 at the time.)
Ah ha! You show your hand at last. You Victor Buono fans always end up giving yourselves away.

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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2009, 10:31:12 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: May 29, 2009, 01:56:01 AM »

I would also include Baby Jane in a list of Aldrich's best. And not to forget the similar constructed Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte.

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« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2009, 05:59:41 AM »

Guilty as charged. I'm a (proud) Victor Buono fan.

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« Reply #7 on: May 09, 2017, 05:51:37 AM »

I became a Victor Buono fan through this film too. His cruel gleeful spree ride in Joan Crawford's wheel chair is the highlight of the film for me. Also his chats with his mother. Terrific character.

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