Thursday, 2 August 2012

Capital Celluloid 2012 - Day 217: Sun Aug 5

Mildred Pierce (Curtiz, 1945): Riverside Studios Cinema, 2.15pm

Time Out review:
'James Cain's novel of the treacherous life in Southern California that sets house-wife-turned waitress-turned-successful restauranteur (Crawford) against her own daughter (Blyth) in competition for the love of playboy Zachary Scott, is brought fastidiously and bleakly to life by Michael Curtiz' direction, Ernest Haller's camerawork, and Anton Grot's magnificent sets. Told in flashback from the moment of Scott's murder, the film is a chilling demonstration of the fact that, in a patriarchal society, when a woman steps outside the home the end result may be disastrous.'Phil Hardy

Here is an extract.

The film is on a double-bill with Otto Preminger's Laura which I wrote about here.

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