D: Graeme Clifford
EMI/Brooksfilms (Jonathan Sanger)
USA 🇺🇸 1982
140 mins


W: Eric Bregren, Christopher DeVore & Nicholas Kazan
DP: Laszlo Kovacs
Ed: John Wright
Mus: John Barry

Jessica Lange (Frances Farmer), Sam Shepard (Harry York), Kim Stanley (Lillian Farmer), Bart Burns (Ernest Farmer), Jeffrey DeMunn (Clifford Odets)

Biopic of troubled 1930's actress Frances Farmer whose fall from grace culminated with her commital to an insane asylum.
While the story is the stuff of standard Hollywood melodrama, Jessica Lange portrays the role with a real bitchy zest, carrying the entire film, especially during its soap opera moments. She deservedly received an Oscar nomination for the performance, and possibly would have won had Meryl Streep's performance in Sophie's Choice (considered one of the best leading performances of all time) not been nominated the same year.

Jessica Lange in Frances
Jessica Lange in Frances