IMA Summer Nights Film Series Presents Mommie Dearest

Nothing beats the Indianapolis Museum of Art’s Summer Film Series. Fresh Summer nights with the fragrant smell of flowers wafting from the Indianapolis Museum of Art Gardens, a picnic basket or cooler packed with your favorite goodies, a bottle of wine and a classic film. We’ve waited all Winter, and now its time again to head to the IMA for this favorite Indianapolis event. See Mommie Dearest this Friday, June 3 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and take advantage of a gorgeous summer night. Tickets to this Indianapolis art event are $5.00 for members and $10.00 for non-members.

Based on Christina Crawford’s memoir and expose of her relationship with her famed mother Joan Crawford, Mommie Dearest has become a classic American film. The tell all book was published in 1978, and garnered immediate public attention as one of the first celebrity exposes. While the account in the book is disputed by many of Joan Crawford’s closest friends and two of her other children, neighbors and other family friends vouch for Christina Crawford’s account of her mother.

Whether Crawford’s memoir is fact or fiction, the 1981 film starring Faye Dunaway was a commercial and cult success, despite being a critical failure. In the film, Dunaway portrays Joan Crawford, an extremely driven actress with a temper and a drinking problem. Yet she exerts an extreme amount of self control. Her morning ritual to prepare for work at MGM Studios involves rising at 4 am, scrubbing her face with soap and boiling water and then dunking her head in distilled water and ice to close her pores.
She holds those around her to the same incredibly high standards she holds herself to, often pushing her staff to follow her instructions regarding cleanliness and other daily activities to the letter. Desperate for a child, but a victim of seven miscarriages, Crawford schemes with her lawyer to adopt a baby. Eventually she adopts a girl, who she names Christina, and later a boy, Christopher.

While she showers the children with attention and luxury, she also enforces a strict code of discipline on them, including strange forms of child abuse. As her children rebel, her attempts to control them become more and more stringent and violent. She struggles with alcoholism and many believe the character to be bipolar.

She is dubbed “box office poison” by theatre owners, sending her career and her attitude into a dangerous downward spiral. While the film was panned by the critics for over the top performances, the film has become a cult classic. Dunaway even earned a Razzie for ”
Worst Actress.” The famous scene where Crawford finds a wire hanger in her daughter’s closet has become iconic for the line, “I told you, no wire hangers.”

Enjoy a cult classic with campy performances in this unintentionally funny biopic about the most compulsive, vain celebrity mom ever. This Indianapolis event is presented in part by Indy Pride Inc and Indianapolis LGBT Film Festivals. It is also sponsored by NUVO Newsweekly.

Pack a picnic and get comfortable on camp chairs and picnic blankets at the amphitheatre at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Located just minutes away from Butler University and the Indianapolis cultural district Broad Ripple Village, the IMA has prime Indianapolis real estate.

After the film, discuss Faye Dunaway’s cult classic standing over drinks at any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars. Stay tuned to Fun City for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis music and Indianapolis theatre to Indianapolis sports and Indianapolis shopping. Get out in Indy and find some fun! Make the most of the Circle City.

Mommie Dearest
Friday, June 3
9 PM

Indianapolis Museum of Arts
4000 Michigan Road
Indianapolis, IN