Though she has 100 film credits and has turned in amazing performances in movies like The Deer Hunter and Amityville Horror II, Rutanya Alda is linked forever, and to her delight, to the camp classic, Mommie Dearest. She comes to Denver Public Library tomorrow evening to tell stories and sign copies of her new book, The Mommie Dearest Diary. Meet Hollywood Royalty!
Sometimes cult movies happen because the director, cast and crew have set out to make something eccentric and unique. And sometimes cult films happen in spite of, or because of, the passion and certitude that the main players bring to a film production. Mommie Dearest, released in 1981 and almost instantly receiving cult film status, was just such a film -- laced with overwrought performances from Faye Dunaway, Mara Hobel and Diana Scarwid.
Faye Dunaway's portrayal of Joan Crawford in Mommie Dearest has become a cult classic. Fresh City Life presents this weird, absurd biopic as our KnitFlix movie for October.
It was meant to be a faithful film rendition of Christina Crawford's book of the same title, but Mommie Dearest quickly became a midnight showing cult film. In fact, during its initial release, it developed a following as loyal as The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
I'm not a film academic, so I can't know with any certainty why Mommie Dearest moved into the realm of cult classic. But some of the reasons I love it might be contributing factors. In no particular order: