In celebration of the mini series adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ THE SLAP, Film Blerg will be feature classic screen slaps!
Our first week shows two-time Academy Award winning legend Bette Davis slapping poor little Kevin Coughlin. The film is Storm Center and was made in 1956, a deeply embroiled time for Hollywood and the brooding Cold War. The House of Un-American Activities Committee (HUAAC or HUAC) led by Senator Joseph McCartney produced many films that subverted, satirised and allegorised Communism.
This classic slap is surrounded by a deeper sociological movement, but also stands alone as just a terrific slap. It also kicks off the 8-week feature with the appropriately themed slapping of a child.