LOS ANGELES — As Joan Crawford, aging and no more in demand,Â agonizes in her living area within an unflattering newspaper photograph, a swirl of conflicting feelings compete for cameos: disbelief, sadness, pride, self-pity, vengeance and –Â Â finally –Â fury.
As played by Jessica Lange in FX’s Feud: Bette and Joan (Sunday, 10 ET/PT), Crawford simmers in 1 take, before headingÂ Â full Vesuvius in another, shouting at her faithful housekeeper when she tries to calm her with tea.
After getting compliments from your manager and team, Lange reveals her devotion:Â “Can we do another shoot?” Exiting the New York apartment set,Â Â the invigorated celebrity gives a celebratory punch in the shoulder to manufacturer Chip Vucelich.
It’s a master class in acting that shows Crawford’s pain as time erodes the carefully crafted mask of Hollywood glamour. Fading glory hurtsÂ Â anybody, but she and Bette Davis (Susan Sarandon) were film stars — which means higher highs, lower lows and, in their case, larger drama.