The Frida Cinema Film Event Post #4


This Mother’s Day, join us here at The Frida Cinema for the fifth annual screening of the Mother of All Bad Movies: Mommie Dearest.  It’s a film so absurdly over-the-top, you’ll never look at wire hangers the same.

Mommie Dearest is based on the explosive autobiography of Christina Crawford, the adopted daughter of famed classic Hollywood actress, Joan Crawford.  Christina (Diana Scarwid) chronicles her and her brother Christopher’s unstable life with their mother, Joan (Fay Dunaway), and her manic and abusive behavior.  Despite Joan publicly portraying their life as perfect, behind closed doors it was a living hell.  This campy film is best remembered for its over-the-top melodramatic performances and the catch phrases: “No wired hangers,” “Christina, bring me the ax,” and “Don’t f**k with me fellas.”

Despite being initially panned by critics and winning six Golden Raspberry awards (including Worst Picture and Worst Picture of the Decade), Mommie Dearest has become a cult-comedy phenomenon—and a film so impactful, it forever shattered Joan Crawford’s legacy, from glamour queen to cold-hearted, abusive mother.  So, leave your wired hangers at home and come see this film at The Frida Cinema—with your mommy dearest!

Directed by Frank Perry | 129 minutes | 1981 | Rated R

Sunday, May 12 – 4pm

“This is lavish and pretty accurate as far as Hollywood lore is concerned, but Dunaway makes Norma Desmond look like Doris Day.” – Adrian Turner, Radio Times

“Right up there with Showgirls in the cinematic car wreck you can’t avert your eyes from.” – Jon Niccum, Lawrence Journal-World

“And so Mommie Dearest becomes a kind of homage to the monster herself—the emotions are so splendid, the scenes so dramatic, the experiences so incandescent.” – Peter Ackroyd, The Spectator


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