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As played by Jessica Lange, Frances Farmer is a rebel from the word go, winning a high school essay award by writing a piece in defense of Communism. Determining to become an actress, Frances is equally determined not to play the Hollywood game: she refuses to acquiesce to idiotic publicity stunts, and insists upon appearing on screen sans makeup. Her defiance attracts the attention of Broadway playwright Clifford Odets, who convinces Frances that her future rests with the Group Theatre. But
Dec 17, 1982 Wide
Mar 15, 2000
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Jessica Lange and Kim Stanley give superb performances as the troubled actress Frances Farmer and her domineering mother, compensating for the shapeless narrative, which is too ridden with cliches of showbiz biopics.
In one year (along with "Tootsie") Lange went from joke to respect.
Harrowing story well played by Lange.
Lange is wonderful, and provides a searing, tremendous reason to see a film that would otherwise collapse under even a moment of analytical pressure.
Jessica Lange's outstanding performance offers an intriguing portrait of Frances Farmer, an actress who marched to the beat of her own drummer and paid the price.
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