“You jerks drag me down here in the middle of the night and you don’t know who the hell I am?” – Frances Farmer
Number of Times Seen – 1 (5 May 2019)
Brief Synopsis – Biopic of former actress Frances Farmer as she rose to stardom and how her actions led to her being blacklisted which caused her even more problems in life.
My Take on it – This is another film that I recall hearing about decades ago, but never had much of an urge to see what it was really about.
In my quest to watch all of the films that have received Acting Oscar nominations, I came across this film and decided to finally dive in to see if I would enjoy it.
This is an ok biopic that unfortunately isn’t as interesting as one would expect since the story moves along at a really slow pace and has much too many lulls along the way.
Jessica Lange is superb in the title role of this film and once again is able to show how great an actress she can be when given a good role that she can embrace.
She was quite deserving of getting an Oscar nomination for Best Actress for this performance.
This is especially true since we can easily believe that she is going through the various hardships that her character must endure.
Kim Stanley was also nominated for an Oscar (Best Supporting Actress) for her work here as Lange’s very domineering mother and ironically lost the award to Lange herself who was nominated for her work in Tootsie (1982).
Bottom Line – Biopic that isn’t as interesting as one would expect because the story moves along at a strange kind of pace. Lange is superb in the lead role and once again proves how great an actress she could be since we truly believe that she is going through all of the hardships that her character is experiencing along the way. She deservingly was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actress for her performance here. Stanley was nominated for an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Lange’s very domineering mother.
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – For this movie and Tootsie (1982), actress Jessica Lange received two Oscar nominations for acting in the same year. It was the first time since 1942 that an actress had been nominated for Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress in the same year and the third time overall. Frances (1982) was Lange’s first Best Actress Academy Award nomination but she won that year only for Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Tootsie (1982). Ironically, in Frances (1982), at one point in the film, her character is named a “little tootsie” by another character. Lange would eventually win a Best Actress Oscar for Blue Sky (1994). (From IMDB)
Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)
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