Sex, murder, incest, suicide and money: The sordid story of Barbara Baekeland, the Boston-born socialite who married into the Bakelite plastics fortune, and her deeply disturbed son Tony, who murdered his mother in their London townhouse, has everything one could ask of a true-crime expose. Director Todd Kalin, who helped kick start the New Queer Cinema with SWOON, a baroque adaption of the Leopold and Loeb murder case, seemed the perfect person to bring the Baekeland saga to the screen, and Julianne Moore the perfect person to play the demented and doomed Barbara. So what went wrong?
New York City, 1946. Barbara Baekeland (Moore) and husband Brooks (Stephe...