Directed by Frank Perry

Directed by Frank Perry

5 Episodes

Renowned for his empathetic studies of characters afflicted by mental illness and bourgeois malaise, Frank Perry found critical acclaim with the groundbreaking independent drama DAVID AND LISA, the Burt Lancaster-starring suburban fantasia THE SWIMMER, and the New York yuppie tragicomedy DIARY OF A MAD HOUSEWIFE, all written by his then-wife and collaborator Eleanor Perry. While his early films were celebrated for their sensitivity and nuance, Perry has perhaps become best known for the cult classic that made wire hangers infamous: his searing and controversial Joan Crawford biopic MOMMIE DEAREST, built around a ferocious, often frightening performance by Faye Dunaway.

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Directed by Frank Perry
  • David and Lisa

    Episode 1

    Directed by Frank Perry • 1962 • United States
    Starring Keir Dullea, Janet Margolin, Howard Da Silva

    One of the first films to treat the issue of mental illness with sensitivity and compassion, this groundbreaking independent drama traces, with profound humanity, the relationship that develops b...

  • The Swimmer

    Episode 2

    Directed by Frank Perry • 1968 • United States
    Starring Burt Lancaster, Janet Landgard, Janice Rule

    In the affluent community of Westport, Connecticut, advertising executive Ned Merrill (Burt Lancaster) shows up at a distant neighbor’s pool clad only in swimming trunks. To return the few miles h...

  • Diary of a Mad Housewife

    Episode 3

    Directed by Frank Perry • 1970 • United States
    Starring Carrie Snodgress, Richard Benjamin, Frank Langella

    Trapped in her loveless marriage to a loutish lawyer (Richard Benjamin), long-suffering Upper West Side housewife Tina (Carrie Snodgress) looks for a little tenderness via an affair with a ...

  • Man on a Swing

    Episode 4

    Directed by Frank Perry • 1974 • United States
    Starring Cliff Robertson, Joel Grey, Dorothy Tristan

    Purportedly drawn from a puzzling true case, this haunting thriller follows small-town police chief Lee Tucker (Cliff Robertson), whose investigation into the mysterious murder of a young schoolte...

  • Mommie Dearest

    Episode 5

    Directed by Frank Perry • 1981 • United States
    Starring Faye Dunaway, Diana Scarwid, Steve Forrest

    Outrageous and controversial, this infamous adaptation of Christina Crawford’s best-selling tell-all is built around a powerhouse performance by Faye Dunaway as legendary movie star Joan Crawford. ...