Queer Icon: The Cult of Bette Davis
February's Face to Face Film
Thu, Feb 18th at 7:15pm!
Additionally, filmmakers Mike Black and Carol Summers will be here for a Q&A!
This documentary examines the many aspects of the gay fascination with Bette Davis, featuring film clips of Bette's most iconic moments, juxtaposed with camp burlesques of her by Matthew Martin and others, including Charles Pierce and Arthur Blake; a profile of Martin highlighting his long identification with Davis; and interviews with fans, entertainers, and gay cultural historians - Anthony Slide (Great Pretenders), Matthew Kennedy (Edmund Goulding's Dark Victory), Scott O'Brien (Kay Francis: I Can't Wait To Be Forgotten), Allan R. Ellenberger (The Valentino Mystique), Ed Sikov (Dark Victory: The Life of Bette Davis), and Darwin Porter (Guide to Gay and Lesbian Film) - exploring the link between the gay community and Bette. To be found in it all is a surprising variation on the Passion Play, full of punch lines and sight gags - laughing together being the most sublime ceremony of all.