Wednesday, 13 July 2016

Capital Celluloid 2016 - Day 219: Sun Aug 7

Mildred Pierce (Curtiz, 1945): Prince Charles Cinema, 3.35pm

This 35mm screening is part of the 'Check The Gate' season at the Prince Charles, dedicated to presenting films on film that will run at the cinema from 9th July to August 20th. Mildred Pierce will be introduced by Sandra Hebron, head of Screen Arts at the National Film and Television School.

Time Out review:
James Cain's novel of the treacherous life in Southern California that sets house-wife-turned waitress-turned-successful restauranteur (Joan Crawford) against her own daughter (Ann 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.


Here (and above) is the trailer.

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