Oct 19, 2006
Directed by Michael Curtiz
Rated PG-13, 111 min.
Starring Joan Crawford, Mildred Pierce is a classic, post-war film noir mixed with healthy portions of soap opera. It's a melodramatic thriller that immediately becomes a who-done-it. Instead of the customary male fall-guy it is Mildred (Crawford) who finds herself ensnared in the noir world by the mysterious murder of her playboy husband Monte (Zachary Scott). This movie is all Joan Crawford and she's brilliant in it.
Adapted from the novel by James M. Cain, and directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Yankee Doodle Dandy) Mildred Pierce was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Picture, Best Supporting Actress (Eve Arden and Ann Blyth), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ranald MacDougall), Best B/W Cinematography (Ernest Haller) and Best Actress for which Joan Crawford won her only Oscar.
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