History Literature / MommieDearest

22nd Sep '17 2:16:06 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* BigBadParent: Joan Crawford, she was even ranked #41 Villain on AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains.

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* BigBadParent: BigBad: [[ArchnemesisMom Joan Crawford, Crawford]], she was even ranked #41 Villain on AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains.
22nd Sep '17 2:15:21 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* BigBadParent: Joan Crawford, she was even ranked #41 Villain on AFIS100Years100HeroesAndVillains.
22nd Sep '17 2:07:56 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* HateSink: Everything about the book and TheMovieOfTheBook are all dedicated to make Joan Crawford despicable as possible.

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* HateSink: Everything about the book and TheMovieOfTheBook are all dedicated to make Joan Crawford despicable as possible. The movie brought this to UpToEleven though.
22nd Sep '17 2:04:06 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* HamToHamCombat: Christina vs. Joan before the latter attempts to strangle the former.



* HamToHamCombat: Christina vs. Joan before the latter attempts to strangle the former.
21st Sep '17 2:19:20 PM x_countryguy
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* LeftHanging: In the movie Crawford's son Christopher is frequently seen strapped to his bed, but the movie going audience never gets any explanation why he is subjected to this treatment, thus causing a lot of confusion. Only those who've read the book would know [[spoiler: Joan Crawford strapped Christopher down to his bed to prevent him from masturbating.]]

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* LeftHanging: In the movie Crawford's son Christopher is frequently seen strapped to his bed, but the movie going audience never gets any explanation why he is subjected to this treatment, thus causing a lot of confusion. Only those who've read the book would know [[spoiler: Joan [[spoiler:Joan Crawford strapped Christopher down to his bed to prevent him from masturbating.]]
19th Sep '17 7:20:08 PM jeffreyloonychen
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* HateSink: Everything about the book and TheMovieOfTheBook are all dedicated to make Joan Crawford despicable as possible.
2nd Sep '17 2:31:35 PM Ezclee4050
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Faye Dunaway is now supposedly writing a tell-all memoir of the disastrous making of the film (which would make it a book of the film of the book!).

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Faye Dunaway is now supposedly writing a tell-all memoir of the disastrous making of the film (which would make it a book of the film of the book!). Rutanya Alda, who played Carol Ann, published her own diary of the shoot in 2016.
2nd Sep '17 5:13:37 AM Ezclee4050
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The 1981 movie version of the book was an even bigger debacle: Faye Dunaway (who ironically had been praised by Crawford in print prior to her death and who even suggested that she should play her in the inevitable bio-film of Joan's life) was cast and Paramount mounted it as a serious bio-film. Sadly though, after numerous re-writes and an incompetent director whose previous directing experience was a handful of hammy melodramas, much of Joan Crawford's character development ended up missing, which turned her into a deranged cartoon character, and the abuse segments took on larger than life sadistic tones. By the end, even Christina Crawford (whose husband had a hand in producing the film) thought the film was too over-the-top. As such, Faye Dunaway came off as a LargeHam--her acting career never really recovered--and the film picked up a huge word-of-mouth regarding it as [[SoBadItsGood an unintentional comedy]]. This forced the studio to {{retool}} the marketing to focus on the over-the-top abuse. Sadly, it failed to save the box office take, though it secured itself as a CultClassic.

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The 1981 movie version of the book was an even bigger debacle: Faye Dunaway (who ironically had been praised by Crawford in print prior to her death and who even suggested that she should play her in the inevitable bio-film of Joan's life) was cast and Paramount mounted it as a serious bio-film. Sadly though, after numerous re-writes and an incompetent a director whose previous directing experience was (Frank Perry) who had a handful of penchant for hammy melodramas, much of Joan Crawford's character development ended up missing, which turned her into a deranged cartoon character, and the abuse segments took on larger than life sadistic tones. By the end, even Christina Crawford (whose husband had a hand in producing the film) thought the film was too over-the-top. As such, Faye Dunaway came off as a LargeHam--her acting career never really recovered--and the film picked up a huge word-of-mouth regarding it as [[SoBadItsGood an unintentional comedy]]. This forced the studio to {{retool}} the marketing to focus on the over-the-top abuse. Sadly, it failed to save the box office take, though it secured itself as a CultClassic.
2nd Sep '17 4:13:26 AM Ezclee4050
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* AccentUponTheWrongSyllable: One of the issues with the "wire hanger" scene in the film is that Dunaway emphasizes every syllable in "wire hangers" when she says it (and she says it a ''lot''), which just adds to its {{Narm}} factor.
24th May '17 2:38:22 PM GarrulousTiger
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** Wire hangers can also leave permanent dents in delicate fabrics, which is what expensive clothes are often made of. Her anger could have derived from the fact that she was angry her daughter was 'ruining' the clothes she spent a lot of money on.

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** Wire hangers can also leave permanent dents in delicate fabrics, which is what expensive clothes are often made of. Her anger could have derived from the fact that she was angry her daughter was 'ruining' the clothes she spent a lot of money on. Indeed, during her tirade Joan mentions that the dress in question cost $300.



* CompositeCharacter: In the movie, Greg is a combination of the various husbands and lovers Joan Crawford had, while the housekeeper is meant to represent several employees in Joan's house.

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* CompositeCharacter: In the movie, Greg is a combination of the various husbands and lovers Joan Crawford had, while the housekeeper is and Carol Ann are meant to represent several employees in Joan's house.
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