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Frances Movie Review Summary

Actors: Jessica Lange, Sam Shepard, Kim Stanley, Jonathan Banks

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Based on a screenplay directly written for the screen about Frances Farmer's life, FRANCES is a film directed by Graeme Clifford in 1982. The picture earned two nominations for the Academy Awards.
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Smart and wild, Frances Farmer became a promising actress at Paramount studios in the late thirties. She hated the life in Hollywood though and soon she was in conflict with her employer. Arrested while driving drunk, her eccentricity and strong character led her to jail. She was finally sent into a mental hospital by her own mother who was unable to accept that Frances was about to leave Hollywood.


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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   1930's-1950's Family, struggling with    -   Yes Struggle with:    -   Mother Inner struggle or disability    -   Yes Struggle with    -   eccentricity Job/Profession/Poverty Story?    -   Yes Job:    -   actor Druggie/drunk problems?    -   alcohol Battle with shrink/bum?    -   battle with a psychiatrist

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   actor Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White American

Setting

United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast    -   Pacific NW    -   California City?    -   Yes City:    -   New York    -   Los Angeles Misc setting    -   prison    -   resort/hotel    -   theater    -   mental hospital

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   kissing    -   seeing breasts    -   seeing nude female butt    -   sex under blankets

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