Java Drome Presents: Mommie Dearest

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JavaDrome kicks off the new year with a heartwarming tale of motherly malice —Mommie Dearest (1981).

Faye Dunaway stars as Joan Crawford in this bonzo biopic that portrays the contemptuous relationship between Crawford and her adoptive daughter Christina during the Golden era of Hollywood.

Adored by John Waters, despised by Roger Ebert, Mommie Dearest is a hyper-melodramatic operatic maelstrom that’s got something for everyone — just leave the wire hangers at home.

This is also our first entry in our Frank Perry series, who was the unsung helmer of cult-classics Mommie Dearest and The Swimmer (1968). Perry was the first independent filmmaker to be nominated for an Academy Award via his breakout film, David & Lisa (1962). Making six films with his screenwriter and then-wife, Eleanor Perry, Perry would fly solo in 1971 and go on to craft a series of critically-maligned, yet unconventional films such as Play It As It Lays (1972), Man on A Swing (1974), and Rancho Deluxe (1976) prior to collaborating with Mommie Dearest producer Frank Yablans at Paramount Studios on Christina Crawford's best-selling memoir.

We’ll be showing a series of Frank Perry films through the rest of the winter.

Introducing the film will be Justin Bozung, Frank Perry's official biographer. Bozung is an Atlanta resident who has been collaborating with the family and estate of Frank Perry for the last two years on the underrated Perry's biography. He has collaborated on two books about Stanley Kubrick as well as with the Estate of two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Norman Mailer on a volume about the author's 1960s experimental-narrative direct cinema.

As always, admission is free, we’ll have some popcorn if we remember to buy it, and food and drinks will be available for purchase.
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