Tuesday, June 26, 2007


Whatever your feelings about its noir plot, Mildred Pierce is a beautiful film. The transfer is spectacular, and every frame is crisp and clear. The opening sequence is wonderfully shot--no pun intended. The lighting and set design and performances are great too. Joan Crawford moves through the story like an iceburg through the North Atlantic.

The story? Eh. I wasn't much moved by Mildred's battle to provide for her awful daughter Veda. She should have noticed sooner that Veda was an amoral brat and kicked her to the curb. Of course Joan Crawford treating a daughter badly has been done in another film. Veda would likely have benefited from a wire hanger whooping.

[image courtesy DVDBeaver]

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