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Feud 1x05&1x06 Reviewed

And The Winner Is...(The Oscars Of 1963)
Olivia de Havilland discusses Bette being nominated for an Oscar while Joan was not and she also slips in a few digs about her feud with her sister Joan Fontaine. Joan and her drag queen makeup has sulky vengefulness. Hedda poisons the voting well against Bette. There is no nakedness of emotion. TPTB dislike the buzzard Katherine Hepburn. Hedda rants she gave up her career as an actress, her marriage and her dream of many children to keep Hollywood pure.

Joan intimidates other actresses into letting her accept the Best Actress Oscar on their behalf. People feel sorry for Joan as she seems a tragedy beyond measure. Joan is urged to think about not upstaging Bette. Famous faces are played by actors who look nothing like them. Bette doesn’t win Best Actress and Joan gets to accept the Oscar on behalf of the winner whilst comically disengaged from the effects of her actions. This was okay.

Best Lines:
“They all still think of her as a television actress.”

“Did all the gold plating fall off?”

“How I adore a man in a leather skirt.”

“Even more blind on screen.”

“I find her vulgar.”

“Do not speak. Just work.”

“Allows this Babylon to stay standing.”

Hagsploitation
Joan Crawford plays an axe-murderer in a movie that is not solemn or severe. It is 1964 and John Waters guest stars as William Castle. Joan has to do cheap movies to pay the bills. She abuses her faithful maid. This was devoid of intellectual or moral content. Jack Warner sees the exploitation movies as a way to degrade past it movie stars. He is a vile person. The famously disliked fearsome Hedda rants on the reds, queers, whores, cheaters and dopeheads whose careers she ruined.

She brings up rumours of the stag film that Joan Crawford allegedly did. This was insipid. Aldrich smashed his wife’s Sinatra records. Hedda feels it her moral responsibility to turn on her alleged friend Joan. As for Joan, she is unfathomably miserable. Aldrich is told to make another movie about monstrously manic women and he decides on ‘Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte’. He has to get Bette and Joan to work together again. Joan looks up her vile brother. Aldrich tells Warner where to go. Bette bullies Joan on the movie set. Sigh, here we go again, again.

Best Lines:
“Why did I say yes to any of this?”

“Fine line between art and trash.”

“Scary Louisiana plantation mansions.”

“There’s a hatchet murder.”

“I outlasted Garbo.”

“Tale of shame.”

“These hag movies.”
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