a really good slate article about how the show ended on a high note
"FEUD WAS RIGHT TO FORSAKE BETTE FOR JOAN"
Very good article, thanks. I agree with much (though not all) of it. I think vulnerability is always better fodder for drama than strength, hence the emphasis on Joan. Bette was after all an Old Yankee -- she may have been slightly vulnerable at times, but not needy in the sense that Joan was. I remember seeing Bette on the Tonight Show, after her illness. She was still feisty, still very much in charge. She didn't seem to care that she bore the visible scars of her illness. She was a lively raconteur, about the past, and about the current state of Hollywood and acting.
In the end, though, I continue to be bowled over by the quality of the vast majority of Bette's films; and their diversity. There are many I can watch over and over again -- and do. I don't really know of any Joan Crawford movies that I can say that about. (Maybe I haven't seen enough Crawford films, which is certainly possible.)
But I loved Feud, from the beginning to the very last shot.