Mildred Pierce (1945)
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|Hardworking divorcee battles her daughter for a man's love, and it takes a tragic turn.|
Editor's NoteA potent mixture of melodrama and film noir, and one of the finest "women's films" of all time--featuring a standout performance by Joan Crawford. The story begins as the police interrogate Mildred Pierce, a wealthy restaurateur, after finding her second husband shot to death. In flashback, we see Mildred's life: her obsession with Veda, her selfish oldest daughter; her troubled first marriage, which ended in divorce; the tragic death of her younger child. Left with only Veda, Mildred determined to become successful in order to give her the best of everything -- and she succeeded brilliantly. But the harder Mildred worked, the more the patrician Veda despised her. Now the moment of truth has come: will Mildred once again sacrifice herself to protect her child... from being convicted of murder? Adapted from the novel by James M. Cain. Academy Award Nominations: 6, including Best Picture, Best (Adapted) Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress--Eve Arden and Ann Blyth. Academy Awards: Best Actress--Joan CrawFord.
Cast & Crew
|Michael Curtiz - Director|
|Joan Crawford, Winner, Best Actress|
|Eve Arden, Nominee, Best Supporting Actress|
|Ann Blyth, Nominee, Best Actress|
|Jerry Wald, Nominee, Best Picture|