What Really Happened to Baby Jane
Connie B. de Mille (aka Ray Harrison)
Fiction : 32' / Drag, Camp, Comedy

What Really Happened to Baby Jane was shot just a couple of weeks after the commercial release in 1962 of Robert Aldrich’s What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?, starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. If Aldrich’s film is in itself a camp culture highlight – which extends to the not-so-private lives of its actresses – the Gay Girls Riding Club knew how to quickly take advantage of the film’s potential, highlighting even more its camp quality. Shot indoors, the film’s carefully crafted art direction uses a series of original props from Aldrich’s film, which reveals the closeness of some of the members of the GGRC to the Hollywood industry at the time.   


September 20 | 21h30 | Cinemateca Portuguesa - Sala M. Félix Ribeiro

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Year: 1963

Country: USA

Language: english

Subtitles: portuguese

With: Freida, Roz Berri

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Connie B. de Mille (aka Ray Harrison)


Ray Harrison was an American filmmaker who signed some of his earlier films as Connie B. de Mille. He was a part of the 1960s underground film collective Gay Girls Riding Club, a group of gay men – some of them members of the industry -, who spoofed Hollywood movies in a series of elaborate amateur films. Rarely seen today, these films, made at a time when gay lives were universally portrayed as tragic in film, remain a unique document of a pre-Stonewall affirmative gay identity.


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