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Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Faye Dunaway’s Joan Crawford in ‘Mommie Dearest’

Trailers from Hell: Dan Ireland on Faye Dunaway's Joan Crawford in 'Mommie Dearest'

“Joan Crawford Week!” concludes at Trailers from Hell with producer-director Dan Ireland’s introduction to Frank Perry’s Razzie winner “Mommie Dearest,” starring Faye Dunaway as ferocious momma Crawford.

No wire hangers, ever!” Joan Crawford once noted in an early 70s interview that among current actresses only Faye Dunaway had “what it takes” to become a true star. Faye repaid the compliment by portraying Joan in this movie based on daughter Christina Crawford’s tell-all book about the dysfunctional household she grew up in with her mercurial movie star mom. Despite its numerous “Razzie” awards for Worst Picture it’s developed a rabid fan following over the years.

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Jeremy Walker

My feelings exactly. I have a fantasy list of filmmakers in my head that I might ask Ms. Dunaway to consider and I think such a short film — it simply doesn't make sense as a feature — could be created as an Oscar-caliber learning tool for all actors. Those filmmakers in no particular order: Bill Condon, Morgan Neville, Nanette Burstein, Rory Kennedy, and John Walsh and Mary Harron. I think Dan's ask is a little grabby in its execution but as one who has fixated on vindicating the same film in question through an interview with Ms. Dunaway I deeply appreciate the intro's sense of urgency.

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