Robert Aldrich's HUSH, HUSH,...SWEET CHARLOTTE & WAIT UNTIL DARK
Robert Aldrich's HUSH, HUSH,...SWEET CHARLOTTE (NR, 1964, 133 min)
Charlotte finds director Aldrich and star Bette Davis in fine Gothic form, following up on their smash-hit Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? Davis plays a mad, but wealthy old bat who, rumor has it, brutally murdered her married lover some decades earlier. When her decaying plantation house is threatened with demotition, she calls on a cousin (Olivia de Havilland) for help, a decision she soon begins to regret. Also starring Joseph Cotten, Agnes Morehead, and Mary Astor.
WAIT UNTIL DARK (NR, 1967, 108 min)
Audrey Hepburn's last Oscar nomination was for this adaptation of Frederick Knott's famed stage thriller about a blind woman, a con man (Alan Arkin), and a doll full of heroin. Hepburn gradually realizes that the man inside her apartment intends to murder her---and then realizes that the darkened apartment she knows well can become her advantage in this classic thriller that to this day still defines the way movies with jack-in-the-box psychos are made.
Friday, September 29