Mothers first appeared in films in the silent days as feisty brood-keepers and devoted bearers of maternal love. Since those innocent times, we have had sad moms, bad moms, battling moms, good moms with bad kids, all-American moms, stepmoms, showbiz moms, breadwinner moms, Disney moms, and new millennial moms. All these noteworthy mothers come center stage in this gala Turner Classic Movies celebration. (P.S. Did we mention that Mother's Day is May 11th?)
Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate)by Turner Classic Movies, Inc., Richard Corliss
With a foreword written by Debbie Reynolds and her daughter Carrie/i>
Turner Classic Movies and film historian Richard Corliss present Mom in the Movies: The Iconic Screen Mothers You Love (and a Few You Love to Hate), the definitive, fully illustrated book that shares the many ways Hollywood has celebrated, vilified and otherwise memorialized dear old Mom.
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.
Here, you will meet the Criminal Moms, like Shelley Winters in Bloody Mama, and the eccentric Showbiz Moms, including those from Gypsy and Postcards from the Edge. You’ll also find Great American Moms, as warm and nourishing as apple pie, in movies such as I Remember Mama and Places in the Heart, along with Surrogate Moms, like Ginger Rogers in Bachelor Mother, Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame, Dianne Wiest in Edward Scissorhands and Sandra Bullock in The Blind Side. And who can forget the baddest mothers of all? No book on movie moms would be complete without Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate.
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. With Mom in the Movies, Richard Corliss and Turner Classic Movies bring those many moms vividly to life, in words and pictures.
The mother figure is both revered and reviled and nowhere is that more apparent than on the movie screen. From depictions of the selfless in Stella Dallas to the crazed in Mommie Dearest, motion pictures run the gamut when it comes to Mom. The film buffs at Turner Classic Movies, along with movie critic Corliss, have put together a comprehensive retrospective of mothers as portrayed on film from the earliest "Silent Moms," such as Lillian Gish and Mary Pickford, to the most recent figures (e.g., Meryl Streep in August: Osage County; Tyler Perry's Madea). Every type of mom is covered: "Serial Moms" (I Remember Mama); "Mammies and Nannies" (Hattie McDaniel in Gone with the Wind; Viola Davis in The Help); and "Malevolent Moms" (Angela Lansbury in The Manchurian Candidate). With an introduction by mom-and-daughter team Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, this coffee-table book is affirmation that despite the financial constraints on an industry aimed at young men, "all of us need images in films to reflect and enrich, challenge and validate, the ones in our hearts. On that screen, we demand to see our better selves: our mothers." VERDICT Both film students and regular movie fans alike will enjoy this definitive work.—Rosellen Brewer, Sno-Isle Libs., Marysville, WA
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Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is a Peabody Award-winning network that presents great films, uncut and commercial-free, from the largest film libraries in the world. Currently seen in more than 85 million homes, TCM is the foremost authority in classic films.
Richard Corliss is an esteemed film expert. The former editor of Film Comment, he has been a movie critic for Time magazine since 1980.
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