Saturday, July 14, 2018

Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce is a 1945 film noir directed by Michael Curtiz and starring Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden, Ann Blyth, and Butterfly McQueen. You can't like every movie, not even every highly praised classic, and I don't care for this one. It has too much of the noble, sacrificing woman to suit me.



The New York Times has a mixed review from the time of the film's release. Variety says, "The dramatics are heavy but so skillfully handled that they never cloy." Slant Magazine gives it 3 out of 4 stars calls it an "intense melodrama" and says, "Though all of its craft is accomplished, Mildred Pierce never gets deep under one’s skin the way it ought to."

Empire Online concludes with this:
Wow! It may not be art or good taste, but throbbing melodrama doesn't come with more conviction. Even to those usually turned off by the tough Crawford, Mildred is compelling.
Filmsite.org has an extensive plot description and describes it as "a classic, post-war film noir mixed with typical soap-operish elements of the woman's melodramatic picture or "weeper," including a strand of a typical murder mystery". BBC gives it 4 out of 5 stars and praises Joan Crawford. Rotten Tomatoes has a critics rating of 83%.

10 comments:

  1. Yes, all that self-sacrifice wears on a person, but I also watched the remake--LOL! ;)

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    1. There was a remake? lol It doesn't surprise me, since tv and movies seem to prefer re-making old material than coming up with something original :(

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    2. Yes, a miniseries with Kate Winslet just a few years ago. I liked it a little better than the original but then I never cared for Joan Crawford long before Mommy Dearest came out. ;)

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    3. I wish we could get some new ideas instead of so many re-makes :(

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  2. I will watch it - seems interesting! Happy Sunday!

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    1. I hope you like it. It gets good reviews :)

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  3. Not a big fan of Joan Crawford, but Michael Curtiz generally is a top shelf director.

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    1. I'm with you there, on both counts.

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  4. Not familiar with this one, Michael Curtiz is a legend though 😁. I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoy your week! J 😊 x

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    1. He is indeed. This melodrama just got to be too much for me...

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