Archive for May 11th, 2014

MOMThe history of cinema is full of iconic portrayals of mothers, some pleasant, some doting, and some just over the top mean. Some of my favorites are Now, Voyager where Bette Davis at the top of her game tries to carve out her own life away from her overbearing mother; Mildred Pierce where Joan Crawford does every she can to please her social climbing daughter; The Manchurian Candidate where Angela Lansbury is perfection on film; and Serial Mom where Kathleen Turner and director John Waters team up for wicked laughs.

Anyway, there are many more moms in the movies, some of whom are captured in the wonderful book, Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate) by Turner Classic Movies and film historian Richard Corliss.

About Mom in the Movies by Turner Classic Movies and Richard Corliss: “With a foreword written by Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie Fisher, and sidebar essays by Eva Marie Saint, Illeana Douglas, Jane Powell, Sam Robards, and Tippi Hedren, this book is packed with an incredible collection of photographs and film stills. Mom in the Movies makes a great gift for any mom—and for anyone with a mother who oughta be in pictures. From the cozy All-American mom to the terrifying Mommie Dearest or the protective Sigourney Weaver in Aliens, when it comes to mothers on the silver screen, it takes all kinds. Turner Classic Movies and film historian Richard Corliss presents Mom in the Movies, a definitive, fully illustrated book that shares the many ways Hollywood has celebrated, vilified and otherwise memorialized dear old Mom.”

Mom in the Movies is a wonderful trip through movie history with a lens that help us see the collective portrayal of mothers in our popular culture over the past 100 years.

Mom in the Movies by Turner Classic Movies and Richard Corliss is available from Amazon and other fine book retailers.