"Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" Rare 35mm Screening

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"Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" Rare 35mm Screening

PostTue Nov 01, 2016 6:14 pm

Saturday, November 19 8:25PM
“Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte” – Starring Bette Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Agnes Moorehead, Joseph Cotton, Mary Astor. Directed by Robert Aldrich. 1965, 150mins, B&W.

A RARE 35mm screening, in the studio's vault print.



Each Film: $8 for adults; $6 for seniors (65+) and children (12 & younger)


At the Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ (201) 798-6055 http://www.loewsjersey.org" target="_blank. Email: [email protected]" target="_blank http://www.facebook.com/landmarkloewsjersey/" target="_blank


Not long after her break-out role in "Captain Blood", Olivia de Havilland began to chaff at what she felt were the shallow, nice girl / romantic-interest type roles she was usually given. In fact, de Havilland’s rejection of such roles and the consequent suspension of her contract by Warner Bros. led to her landmark court victory that was the beginning of the end of the old studio system. So it’s not surprising that de Havilland sought out challenging, complex roles. But none ran more against type than her part in “Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte”. In wanting to make a follow-up to his successful “Whatever Happened To Baby Jane?”, director Robert Aldrich planned to re-unite its stars, Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. But in real life, the two veteran actresses loathed each other, and Crawford pulled out of the production, claiming illness that may in fact have mostly been caused by the thought of having to work again with her old nemesis. To replace Crawford, Aldrich turned to Olivia de Havilland, a real-life friend of Davis. In fact, Davis is reported to have urged the director to emphasis to de Havilland what a challenging and different kind of role from her norm he was offering.

The story is a southern gothic psychological thriller that boarders on horror. Film fans will find echoes in it of a remarkably diverse array of other movies, including “Gaslight”, “A Streetcar Named Desire”, “Psycho”, “Double Indemnity” and the French classic “Diabolique”. Davis is a wealthy, southern bell spinster haunted by a terrible incident in her past, who lives as a reclusive on her ancestral plantation home and is considered crazy by all the locals. De Havilland, seemingly as sweet-tempered as always, is a concerned cousin who appears to have the best of intentions – but does she really? Davis, of course, plays her part to over-the-top perfection. But in this she is equaled by the scene-stealing performance by Hollywood stalwart Agnes Moorehead (best known to many as the indomitable mother in law Endora on TV’s “Bewitched”). And de Havilland gives one of her finest performances – subtle but unforgettable, and about as far away as she could get from the sweet governor’s daughter In “Captain Blood”.

The Landmark Loew's Jersey Theatre, at 54 Journal Square, Jersey City, NJ., is easily reached by car and mass transit from throughout the New York & New Jersey area. We are located directly across JFK Blvd from the JSQ PATH Station with trains to and from the World Trade Center and 33rd Street in Manhattan, as well as Newark’s Penn Station. The Theatre is close to the NJ Turnpike & Holland Tunnel. Discounted off street parking in Square Ramp Garage. Tel: (201) 798-6055 Web: loewsjersey.org Email: [email protected]" target="_blank.

The Loew's is a place where the great movie going experience is still alive -- a classic movie palace, a 50 foot wide screen, and a real pipe organ for entrance music before most shows! And whenever possible, screenings are still in 35mm.
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Re: "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte" Rare 35mm Screening

PostSun Nov 06, 2016 6:17 am

This film marks the final screen appearance of the great Mary Astor who demonstrates in two regrettably brief scenes all the subtlety and presence of a truly fine actress. Also a friend of Davis, and even though she was already mortally ill with cancer, she accepted the small role as a personal favour to Davis.
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