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Big screen classics

Mommie Dearest

This frank biopic, starring Faye Dunaway, is based on an account by Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter Christina.

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USA 1981
Dir Frank Perry
With Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest
Digital 2K
Certificate 12A

Fresh on the heels of TV’s Feud: Bette and Joan, we look at another depiction of Joan Crawford, one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, in this frank biopic based on an account by her adopted daughter Christina. Charting a chain of behaviour that alternates between over-the-top devotion and jealous rage, it’s a compelling – and at times unintentionally funny – depiction of how the star system can fuel egos and insecurity. Unmissable.


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