As you all know I find much photographic inspiration in the sick and twisted themes found inB-movies or vintage tabloids. For some examplesof this you can go back and view inspiration pulled from Grey Gardensand Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?.
Here we see how a tell-all book penned by thedisgruntled adopted child of a classic screen star, filtered through the campy film lens of the seventies, produced a cult classic so iconic I sometimes get mixed up and think photos of Fay Dunaway as Joan Crawford in the film "Mommy Dearest"are actually Crawford.
Shortly after its release, even the studio realized the over-the top drama was so ridiculous it was playing like a comedy. They quickly changed its ad campaign to "Meet the biggest MOTHER of them all!".Of Dunaway's performance, Variety
said "Dunaway does not chew scenery. Dunaway starts neatly at each
corner of the set in every scene and swallows it whole, costars and all."
In her autobiography Dunaway states that she wished director Frank Perry* had had enough experience to see when actors needed to rein in their performances. In a bizarre coincidence Crawford once said of Dunaway that she had "what it takes" to be a star.
(*Useless trivia: Frank Perry was Katy Perry's uncle.) Also: "No wire hangers, ever!" ranked #72 on AFI's list of100 Movie Quotes.
Anyway, here are some twisted photographers also inspired as I am...
The Photography of Sofia Sanchez and Mauro Mongiello: