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Mixed Emotions: "Mommie Dearest." Between Melodrama and Horror
Vol. 35, No. 1 (Autumn, 1995), pp. 53-64
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1225807
Page Count: 12
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An upsetting genre mix of melodrama and horror, "Mommie Dearest" (Frank Perry, 1981) plays out fundamental psychological anxieties concerning the "realness" of motherly love through the figure of the "unreal" female star.
Cinema Journal © 1995 University of Texas Press