Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

DVD - 2017
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As Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn becomes a venomous serpent's tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations.
Publisher: [United States] : The Criterion Collection, 2017.
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 111 min.) : sd., b&w ; 4 3/4 in.


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Mar 02, 2019

For a movie made almost 75 years ago, it has remarkable durability. There are many obvious cultural quirks related to that time period but the movie is otherwise gripping and entertaining.

Sep 28, 2018

Good movie.

Aug 23, 2018

VERY GOOD 1945 b/w film noir starring Joan Crawford, and a fine performance by Ann Blyth at 17 years old as her troublesome daughter.

Does have darkish film noir styling with great lighting, drama, etc.

May 30, 2017

"Mildred Pierce" is a full-fledged classic, with Oscar-worthy performances all around, and production values to expertly match - the writing is not only brisk but unexpectedly witty, the editing superb, and the direction everything you would want from a murder mystery - don't bother with the recent series with Kate Winslet, a yawn, this is the "Mildred Pierce" to watch

7duffy May 09, 2015

Well acted and entertaining. Great supporting performances.

Apr 14, 2015

Epic. By the time this film was over I was emotionally & almost physically exhausted from watching this sweeping drama. Joan Crawford is at her tearful best as a woman who is a hard working mother trying to please a daughter whose selfishness brings destruction to those who care for her. In a way this movie felt like 3 films in one due to the plot & pacing. A treacherous ride of a film & worth every moment!

Nov 12, 2014

This is a 1945 American drama film directed by Michael Curtiz, based on the 1941 novel "Mildred Pierce" by James M. Cain.
This film reminds me of the seemingly "love-triangle" murder that took place in 1958.
Cheryl Crane, the daughter of Lana Turner stabbed Turner's lover Johnny Stompanato to death.
I wonder if Cheryl Crane watched the film.
I find similarity between the film and the case, although a coroner's inquest concluded that Crane had acted in self-defense.

Jan 24, 2014

Joan Crawford worked hard for this role and nailed it -- and deservingly earned her only career Oscar for it. I loved the twists and characters James Cain threw in the story... Eve Arden and her quick one-liners; Ann Blyth's 'Veda' (one NASTY spoiled rotten brat). Directed by "Casablanca" maestro Michael Curtiz; this is definitively classic in every respect. FIVE STARS.

Jul 01, 2013

Released in 1945 - This "rags-to-riches" Joan Crawford vehicle is a classy Chick Flick (about a devoted mother who goes to the greatest lengths to satisfy her selfish, snotty, teen-aged daughter). It packs a considerable-sized bite when it comes to its dramatic story-telling._____ Tears. Joy. Tragedy. Betrayal. Revenge. Mildred Pierce's well-crafted story immediately pulls the viewer into its tangled web of deceit and double-crosses. And it retains that compelling grip right through to its final, climatic twist-ending._____ Filmed in b&w, Mildred Pierce featured a first-rate cast headlined by Jack Carson and Ann Blyth._____ Joan Crawford's performance as the title character won her an Oscar for "Best Actress"._____ This picture was adapted from the novel of the same name written by James Cain whose other notable works included - Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice.

Mar 26, 2011

Classic film noir adapted from a dime store novel. Joan Crawford won a Best Actress award for her perfomance. Mildred Pierce's daughter was played to perfection as well, ie, a spoiled rotten brat. A must see for anyone interested in the upcoming HBO remake starring Kate Winslet. Supposedly the HBO version will be even more sinister and steamy.

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Jan 24, 2014

Ida: "Personally, Veda's convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young."

Jan 24, 2014

Ida: "Y'know, I like Mexico -- it's so... Mexican!"

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