Mildred Pierce (2-DVD)
The kind of woman most men want - BUT SHOULDN'T HAVE!
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- Number of Discs: 2
- Run Time: 1 hours, 51 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: February 21, 2017
- Originally Released: 1945
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Note: New 4k digital restoration
- New conversation with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito
- Excert from a 1970 episode of The David Frost Show featuring actor Joan Crawford
- Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star, a 2002 feature-length documentary
- Q&A with actor Ann Blyth from 2002, conducted by film historian Eddie Muller
- Segment from a 1969 episode of the Today show featuring Mildred Pierce novelist James M. Cain
- Plus: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
- Subtitles - English
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Joan Crawford, Jack Carson & Zachary Scott|
|Performer:||Ann Blyth, Eve Arden, Bruce Bennett, George Tobias, Lee Patrick, Moroni Olsen, Barbara Brown & Garry Owen|
|Directed by||Michael Curtiz|
|Edited by||David Weisbart|
|Screenplay by||Ranald MacDougall|
|Composition by||Max Steiner|
|Art Direction by||Anton Grot|
|Produced by||Jerry Wald|
|Director of Photography:||Ernest Haller|
Academy Awards 1945 - Best Actress: Joan Crawford
Rating: 5/5 -- Mildred Pierce is a film that defies typical genre classification for its era. Full Review
Rating: 4/5 -- Crawford is always mesmerizing, steely and teary as she is manipulated, accused of murder and circled by men who are stolid...crass...or emollient. Full Review
Rating: 4/4 -- Remains one of Hollywood's great melodramas, a rich and psychologically astute work whose power still resonates today. Full Review
From the Front Row
All this is good melodrama and fair entertainment, but it is much closer to the waltz-time schmalz of Kathleen Norris than to the fox-trot brass of James M. Cain. Full Review
Rating: 5/5 -- This great film is a more subtle, nuanced beast than expected. Full Review
Little White Lies
The production, mainly because of Michael Curtiz's direction, is unimaginative and badly hoked-up. Full Review
The New Republic
...[Crawford] played the doting Mildred to a tremulous tee, bagging an Oscar...
A potent mixture of melodrama and film noir, and one of the finest "women's films" of all time--featuring a standout performance by Joan Crawford. The story begins as the police interrogate Mildred Pierce, a wealthy restaurateur, after finding her second husband shot to death. In flashback, we see Mildred's life: her obsession with Veda, her selfish oldest daughter; her troubled first marriage, which ended in divorce; the tragic death of her younger child. Left with only Veda, Mildred determined to become successful in order to give her the best of everything -- and she succeeded brilliantly. But the harder Mildred worked, the more the patrician Veda despised her. Now the moment of truth has come: will Mildred once again sacrifice herself to protect her child... from being convicted of murder' Adapted from the novel by James M. Cain. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress--Eve Arden and Ann Blyth. Academy Awards: Best Actress--Joan CrawFord.
Romance | Suspense | Tear Jerker | Thriller | Betrayal | Murder | Film Noir | Melodrama | Essential Cinema
- MILDRED PIERCE was added to the Library of Congress National Film Registry in 1996.
- Additional cast: Jo Ann Marlowe (Kay Pierce), Manart Kippen (Dr. Gale).
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