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Mildred Pierce

Michael Curtiz

 
Mildred Pierce (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1945
  • 111 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • Spine #860

Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford’s career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But 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 (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent’s tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain’s rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional.

Cast

Mildred PierceJoan Crawford
Wally FayJack Carson
Monte BeragonZachary Scott
Ida CorwinEve Arden
Veda PierceAnn Blyth
Bert PierceBruce Bennett
Mrs. Maggie BiederhofLee Patrick
Inspector PetersonMoroni Olsen
Miriam EllisVeda Ann Borg
Kay PierceJo Ann Marlowe
LottieButterfly McQueen (uncredited)

Credits

DirectorMichael Curtiz
Produced byJerry Wald
Screenplay byRanald MacDougall
Based on the novel byJames M. Cain
Music byMax Steiner
Director of photographyErnest Haller A.S.C.
Film editorDavid Weisbart
Art directorAnton Grot

Disc Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New conversation with critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito
  • Excerpt 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 2006, presented by Marc Huestis and conducted by film historian Eddie Muller at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco
  • Segment from a 1969 episode of the Today show featuring Mildred Pierce novelist James M. Cain
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

    New cover by Sean Phillips

Film Essays

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Mildred Pierce: A Woman’s Work

By Imogen Sara Smith February 20, 2017

Joan Crawford delivers one of her greatest performances in Michael Curtiz’s unsparing look at class, ambition, and the all-consuming intensity of maternal love. Read more »

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Did You See This?

March 03, 2017

In his latest Cinema ’67 Revisited column for Film Comment, Mark Harris looks back at the rapturous critical reception of Ingmar Bergman’s Persona upon its release, calling the film a monument “ . . . Read more »


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Restoration Spotlight: Mildred Pierce

March 02, 2017

Michael Curtiz’s 1945 Mildred Pierce—a noir-tinged melodrama for which star Joan Crawford won her only Oscar—is a classic whose reputation hasn’t faded over the years. But ahead of its recent . . . Read more »


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Mother Love: Molly Haskell and Robert Polito on Mildred Pierce

February 22, 2017

Portraits of family dysfunction don’t get much more brutal than Michael Curtiz’s 1945 Mildred Pierce, which features Joan Crawford in an Oscar-winning performance that revived her career. . . . Read more »


Film Essays

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Mildred Pierce: A Woman’s Work

By Imogen Sara Smith February 20, 2017

Joan Crawford delivers one of her greatest performances in Michael Curtiz’s unsparing look at class, ambition, and the all-consuming intensity of maternal love. Read more »

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