You don’t need a PhD in Hollywood History or knowledge of who Bette Davis and Joan Crawford are to appreciate this meticulously-crafted mini-series — produced by Ryan Murphy (American Horror Story) — that examines the fierce rivalry between Davis and Crawford during the Golden Age of Hollywood, and the behind-the-scenes shenanigans that happened when the greying Oscar winners grudgingly come together to shoot the 1962 horror pic, What Ever Happened to Baby Jane.
Susan Sarandon is spot-on as Davis, a talented actress who’s often passed over for roles ‘cos she’s not pretty enough, while Jessica Lange captures the undulating emotional shifts of Crawford, a one-time sex symbol desperately clinging to what’s left of her glory days.
They’re supported by a stellar cast that includes Catherine Zeta-Jones, Sarah Paulson and Mad Men’s Kiernan Shipka (aka Don Draper’s daughter), all grown up now as Davis’ daughter BD.
While the bitchy mudslinging and scheming are titillating, it’s the blatant sexism that’ll really get your goat. Sadly, there are all-too-familiar scenes in Feud where a woman’s worth is determined by her age and gender, something you still see happening today. (Photo: FX)
Watch it on: FX (Singtel TV 310 & StarHub Ch 507)
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