Capital Celluloid 2023 — Day 250: Fri Sep 8

Mildred Pierce (Curtiz, 1945): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 6.15pm

This was to have been shown at the Film on Film festival in June but there were issues with the print.

Time Out review of Mildred Pierce (screening from an original 1945 nitrate release print):
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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