Film Focus: Jessica Lange (1982 – 1995)
Crimes of the Heart –
Music Box –
Losing Isaiah –
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance/Comedy, Drama/Crime, Drama, Thriller/Drama
Year Released: 1982/1986/1989/1995, 2023 Imprint Blu-ray
Runtime: 2h 20m/1h 45m/2h 4m/1h 51m
Director(s): Graeme Clifford/Bruce Beresford/Costa-Gavras/Stephen Gyllenhaal
Writer(s): Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore, Nicholas Kazan/Beth Henley/Joe Eszterhas/Seth Margolis, Naomi Foner
Cast: Jessica Lange, Jonathan Banks, Bonnie Bartlett/Diane Keaton, Jessica Lange, Sissy Spacek/Jessica Lange, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Frederic Forrest/Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, David Strathairn
Where To Watch: available now here www.viavision.com.au, or www.amazon.com
RAVING REVIEW: Prepare to hop aboard a “reel” journey (okay, it sounded funnier in my head) highlighting the ebbs and flows of Jessica Lange’s career. Over a span that encapsulates a little more than a decade, we witness the metamorphosis of an artist who combines vulnerability with an undying spirit in every performance. Through each frame, from the brooding streets of FRANCES to the heartbreaking performances in LOSING ISAIAH, Lange steals our attention every time she appears on the screen.
Let's dive headfirst into FRANCES. Have you ever peeked behind the curtains of a theater? This offers a similar experience but in Hollywood's golden era. Jessica's shape-shifting persona invites us into Frances Farmer's tumultuous life. Each scene is brimming with challenges posed by the unpredictable cinema industry. The vigor in her portrayal makes it crystal clear – we're watching an icon in action.
Shifting the narrative, CRIMES OF THE HEART sweeps us into the seas of family. Amidst the commanding presence of Diane Keaton and Sissy Spacek, Lange's character, Meg, navigates her way through memories, some sweet and others shadowed. It's an emotional upheaval, exploring the chaotic yet endearing realm of family and the ties that even chaos can't sever.
In Chicago, MUSIC BOX rolls out a story that keeps viewers on the edge of their seats. Lange's character exudes conflict and depth and is caught in a storm of family versus the relentless pursuit of the truth. It’s a reflective challenge. It's as if the narrative playfully nudges us, asking, "What would you do?"
Venturing into uncharted terrains, LOSING ISAIAH is a poignant exploration of motherhood against societal judgments and racial intricacies. Lange, stepping into the shoes of Margaret Lewin, takes us on an emotional roller coaster. The depths of a mother’s love, the challenges of adoption, and the heartbreaking custody battle come alive. And when you think the drama reaches its zenith, Halle Berry ratchets up the intensity to eleven.
Think of the vibrant cinematic landscape of the late 20th century – a playground for profound, immersive character roles. Jessica Lange, with her magnetic charisma, carves out a niche. Whether it's navigating the treacherous waters of Hollywood, battling courtroom dramas, confronting past demons, or embracing maternal instincts, Lange ensures her performances aren't just watched – they're felt.
To wrap it up in a neat bow, FILM FOCUS: JESSICA LANGE is more than just a run-of-the-mill collection. It’s a cinematic time machine with Jessica Lange guiding the way. Whether you're in for some tear-jerking moments, dramatic endings, or to marvel at some top-notch acting, this anthology is your ticket.
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