Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Monday, September 21, 2015

Post-film discussion with Charles Busch! DCP projection

“Suspense that starts with an agonized whisper and mounts to a shattering climax!” With all the teeming ingredients of a Southern Gothic potboiler, sweet Charlotte lives a life of demented seclusion, haunted be the mysterious slaying of her married lover some 36 years prior. When a visitor arrives in the form of her estranged cousin, secrets erupt in this Hollywood Golden Age têt-à-têt between first class stars Bette Davis and Olivia de Havilland. For performer and playwright Charles Busch, the film was a turning point, “I had my father take me to the opening day. The stars were there, promoting the film. I was transfixed,” confesses Busch, “studying how a legendary actress behaves.”

  • Rating NR
  • Year 1964
  • Running Time 133 minutes
  • Director Robert Aldrich

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