DATELINE: More Like Twin Peaks?
Is it Joan or is it Memorex?
Where does one begin? Where does one end up? You could put this movie on the end of Joan’s long career—or did that happen when Feud hit the miniseries on TV forty years later? Mommie Dearest is now streaming on Amazon Prime.
Mommie Dearest is child abuse taken to levels not seen until Jeffrey Epstein chose to play the role in a Manhattan playhouse.
The twisted tale of Christina Crawford and her adoptive mother is one for the cautionary ages.
You may half expect the dead Joan Crawford to jump out of her coffin and continue to terrify the world. Was she a monster?
Bring us the axe but leave the wire hangers. We want to be objective.
Suffering the strains and stresses of aging would destroy any movie queen but being fired by Metro and re-inventing herself as a tough, savvy career woman, Joan Crawfish seems to deserve all rotten tomatoes that are tossed at her.
Our dear friend Jim Kirkwood, actor and writer of novels like Good Times/Bad Timesand There Must be a Pony, took a role in the movie as the MC who gives Crawford an award: he later had nightmares that his movie star parents would come back to haunt him for participating in this hallucinogenic version of Sunset Boulevard.
The film cannot be viewed on any normal level today, nor could it back then! It had transmuted and altered itself into a zombie of movie history.
Norma Desmond and Joan Crawford were the same height. It was the movies that got small.