Mildred Pierce details
|Starring:||Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden|
|Studio:||WARNER HOME VIDEO|
|Run time:||1 hour 47 minutes|
|Rental release:||21 May 2007|
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Sex and moneyBy Savage (632 reviews) from London, England , 11 Dec 2006
[Highly rated reviewer]This is one of the very best Hollywood productions,and a superb example of the legendary director Michael Curtiz' work. He uses the heavily expressionistic style in which he worked so often, and allies it to what appears to be a typical Joan Crawford, 'women's picture', plot, concerning a wronged wife who turns herself into a successful businesswoman but also finds that her darling daughter is a monster of the first order.
The result is a sort of soap noir and, with great sets by Anton Grot (check out the police station at the beginning, echoing halls without ceilings, ticking clocks, looming shadows) and chiaroscuro cinematography by Ernest Haller, it would be a fine film were that all. But Curtiz understands the elements which drive the screenplay (derived from James M. Cain novel): sex and money. How the two seldom interact successfully, and how Mildred uses both to negotiate her way to the top. But even more than that, Curtiz exposes the basic tackiness at the heart of Mildred's story: this really isn't a film for those in search of a dose of class. Rather it's a nasty, greasy film about nasty, greasy people - and one wouldn't have it any other way.
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Brillant crime classicBy brokenking (268 reviews) from Bristol , 14 Oct 2013I didn't know anything about this movie beforehand other than seeing it mentioned in the odd book and seeing on sale in HMV. Well I can say now that there should be much more written about this noir hit (which there probably is but I haven't found it). Much more happens then usual noir template here. It could even be said that Mildred Pierce offers an honest early feminist heroine, with Joan Crawford doing it all by herself. So good I'll probably buy it.
Bette, eat your heart out!By satwalker99 (19 reviews) from CHATHAM , 08 Jun 2013Going to the Pictures in the 40s to watch a polished,quality,anticipated Warner hit and coming away satisfied was what it was all about. Memories were made by talents & writers of a Hollywood now past. Teenaged sopano Ann Blyth,normally in forgettable light musicals is a standout that at the end needs a sound spanking - & does pay the price as a devious,spoiled brat and the new star,Zachary Scott is a duplicitious and two faced character no woman could trust. With its outstanding photography, great story and another of Steiner's great scores that sometimes recalls sneaky memories of Crawford;s rival, Bette Davis, this slightly old fashioned,heavy melodrama/film noir can be still enjoyed today. The trailer,for once is enough enticement for this Oscar winner that hit our screens in the steps of Casablanca.
look at this dress! I would'nt be seen dead in this rag!By cezzysblu (24 reviews) from Birmingham , 24 May 2011ok so you've got a 12 yr old girl who's interested in the flashing lights like youtube, facebook and her laptop and she would'nt enjoy an old black and white film, yeah? wrong! grab them at the right time sit down with them, turn the volume up and MAKE them watch a decent movie. Once Mildred starts relating the story and the spoilt-brat Vida appears you will all be hooked. I can recommend this film totally.
Classic "Film Noir"By a customer , 13 May 2011'Mildred Pierce' - played by Joan Crawford, at her Oscar winning best !!!
A great classic 'Film Noir' movie and I believe, now made into an American miniseries - yet to be shown in Britain.
It won't be a patch on this 1945 version, so, before you watch the new, take a gander at this one.
You won't be disappointed !!!
quality countsBy suze1958 (30 reviews) from Stoke-On-Trent , 28 Sep 2009Joan Crawford is brilliant in this, and I agree with reviewer who said you can't take your eyes off it. This is one of my few 5star films!
I wish the daughter had been drawn a little more subtley, in the scripting, but as a symbol of ungrateful off-spring she works well enough drawn in clear shades of black and white.
Perhaps it's valid in the sense that no outsider can understand the sacrifices mothers make for their families. Perhaps the fact that this daughter seems totally undeserving is the point, in that they ALL are, really? Discuss!