Vignettes from an afternoon depicting the factual affair between actress Frances Farmer (Jessica Lange) and married playwright Clifford Odets (Jeffrey DeMunn), from Frances, 1982.
This performance by Luciano Pavarotti (as Giorgio) of Schubert's Ave Maria at a wedding in Italy serves as prologue to director Franklin J. Schaffner's Yes, Giorgio, 1982.
Jessica Lange as the 16-year old Frances Farmer at home in Seattle, with her scandalous winning essay, support from her mother (Kim Stanley), then meeting fictional Harry York (Sam Shepard), early in Frances, 1982.
A Change of Seasons -- Marriage takes a sour turn when a middle-aged husband falls for a young and sexy woman. Things get even more complicated when his wife starts a hot affair with a young lover of her own.
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Jessica Lange delivers the performance of her career as Frances Farmer, the notorious 1930s movie star whose impassioned opinions and outspoken behavior created scandal throughout the industry. But when she was betrayed by the studio system and committed to a mental asylum by her domineering mother, Frances descended into a madness that shocked the world.
There's no mistaking the grand voice, the outsized personality, the friendly, open face. Stepping outside his traditional operatic canon to star in his only feature film is renowned tenor Luciano Pavarotti. Not that the "King of the High Cs" steps too far outside with this breezy tale of romance. Nor would fans want things any other way. The role of an opera star touring the U.S. provides an ample showcase for Pavarotti's rich vocal artistry in works including Ave Maria, La Donna È Mobile, his signature Nessun Dorma, even I Left My Heart in San Francisco. Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton) directs, with locations including Italy, Boston, New York and the Napa Valley. Bravo, Giorgio! Bravissimo, Luciano!
Jessica Lange stars in her Oscar-nominated performance of the true story of Frances Farmer's meteoric rise to fame in Hollywood and the tragic turn her life took when she was blacklisted.
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