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Mommie Dearest, the mother of all camp classics, is a lavish, outrageously over-the-top shocker detailing Hollywood legend Joan Crawford’s infamously troubled relationship with her adopted daughter, Christina.
“In Mommie Dearest, Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all.” – Variety
Based on Christina’s Crawford’s best-selling bombshell of a memoir, this 1981 big screen adaptation, equal parts glossy biopic and unintentional horror flick, is driven to untold heights of “did that really just happen?” hysteria by the ferocious performance of Faye Dunaway, who so scarily inhabits the role of Joan Crawford that it’s difficult to tell where one actress ends and the other begins. Told from the perspective of a grown-up Christina remembering her traumatic upbringing at the hands of her movie star mother, Mommie Dearest details “Mommie” Joan’s spectacular unraveling under the pressures of alcohol, men and show business, transforming before our very eyes from Hollywood Goddess into the rampaging domestic monster of her daughter’s controversial allegations. Though the film flopped with mainstream audiences upon its initial release, and Dunaway’s way-out-there performance (which often resembles a kabuki drag show) earned equal parts hosannas and derision from bewildered critics, Mommie Dearest was instantly enshrined as a hilarious, no-holds-barred camp classic of epic proportions, introducing such unforgettable lines as “No wire hangers, ever!,” “Don’t f**k with me, fellas … this ain’t my first time at the rodeo!,” and “Tina, bring me the ax!” into the pop culture lexicon. (Dir. by Frank Perry, 1981, USA, 129 mins., Rated R)