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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film starring Hollywood legend
Mildred Pierce typifies the type of films 'they don't make anymore'. Can you imagine any of the supposed stars of today trying to carry off a remake? Joan Crawford made this film as her comeback to Hollywood and she shows in every scene why she went on to be labelled the greatest-ever movie star. Her charisma and sheer star quality simply blow you away.
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Published on 20 Jan 2002

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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic film starring Hollywood legend, 20 Jan 2002
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This review is from: Mildred Pierce [VHS] (VHS Tape)
Mildred Pierce typifies the type of films 'they don't make anymore'. Can you imagine any of the supposed stars of today trying to carry off a remake? Joan Crawford made this film as her comeback to Hollywood and she shows in every scene why she went on to be labelled the greatest-ever movie star. Her charisma and sheer star quality simply blow you away.
She suffers, she endures but above all she survives!
Made in 1945 as WWII was ending the film must have shown millions of women how they didn't have to return to looking after their husbands but could have their own careers whilst retaining their femininity (check out the furs).
A great film then and a classic film today.
Reading the review below I wonder about the worth of teenagers studying film if they can't appreciate classic cinema. Maybe they should concentrate on more worthwhile subjects like spelling.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Restoration of a True Classic, 27 July 2005
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B. G. Carroll (Liverpool, England, UK) - See all my reviews
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Warner has done a wonderful job of restoring this magnificent melodrama, and whatever you think of Crawford, she was rarely given such a marvellous opportunity nor surrounded by so many great talents. Chief among these is director Michael Curtiz who proves yet again why he was one of the great directors of the era. His trade mark roving camera style which made Rick's cafe in CASABLANCA seem a real place that one wants to revisit over and over again, here creates an almost voyeur's view of events in 1940s LA, especially at Monty Berrigan's Beach House, a superb stylised set by the unsung genius of Hollywood Art Directors - Anton Grot. Add to all this, Steiner's magnificent score, Ernest Hallers deep focus photography and a witty, laconic script by Ranald MacDougall which offers so many memorable lines, and you have a defining example of Holywood's most glamorous noir style. Ann Blyth was nominated as Best Supporting Actress and should have won for her stomach-churning daughter-from-hell - and why she never got better parts afterwards is a mystery. She lives today in retirement and never gives interviews - though I bet she would have plenty to say! Jack Carson is surprisingly effective as the oily Wally Fay [Carson was another wasted actor in Hollywood, rarely getting good roles), Eve Arden is sublime [she has so many great lines;e.g. as Jack Carson eyes her legs she says 'Leave SOMEthing on me!] and Zachary Scott is perfectly cast as the rich, slimy Monty Berrigan. Maybe it does water down the novel but it is so richly entertaining, who cares? Crawford seized this role (after arch-rival Bette Davis turned it down) and gives a superlative performance that is quintessential Crawford.
The DVD is nicely done. Warner had the original nitrate camera negative for this film, and the digital frame-by-frame picture restoration is outstanding. The sound track has also been cleaned up, and is a treat for the ear! Buy it NOW before it gets discontinued, and see what style is all about.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow, fabulous, simply fabulous, 22 Sep 2005
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Joan crawford was perfectly cast in this film noir classic. She sets the screen on fire, such sincerity in her portrayal. A truly evil daughter played by Ann Blythe is her match. Buy it. The documentary on the reverse side of this double sided DVD is very good too.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Weren't the pies bad enough?, 9 Feb 2009
This review is from: Mildred Pierce (1945) [DVD] (DVD)
A must for those who have a classic movie collection, MILDRED PIERCE is probably the best-known Joan Crawford movie of all time. With great performances by Bufferfly McQueen and Jack Carson, along with Eve Arden and a host of others, you can't go wrong here. What's also so amazing is that the ensemble cast has so many good lines and is so woven into the movie. You'd think that this would have been a Joan Crawford "Vehicle" or sorts, but that's not the case. All the characters are intertwined and the plot and sub-plots fit neatly into one another.

The story of a parent trying to give their child everything, this movie will remind other of Barbara Stanwyck [DVD]on many levels. Crawford won an academy award for this performance, and it was very well deserved--her acting is even and not so over the top as in some of her earlier (and later) films. This is a movie you can see over and over. The only part that I don't truly warm up to is some of the quick scene shifts. For instance, when Kay dies, Mildred says something like "but I had to get the restaurant up and running," giving the impression that she wasn't devestated by Kay's death. While we know instinctively that this was not the case, and she even comments "Don't let anything happend to Vita" it still seems an abrupt transition. But then when you've seen this movie twenty five times as I have, you're bound to catch things that others might miss.

Made in 1945, in the middle of WWII, this is still one of the best "classic" Hollywood movies of all time. I rank it right up there with ]and GONE WITH THE WIND. And for those who liked NOW, VOYAGER, you might notice in the middle of MILDRED PIERCE the main theme from NV since Max Steiner did the scores for both. It's subtle, but it's there--just a bit of useless movie trivia for you.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joan Crawford was Fantastic, Oh Yes She Was., 25 May 2007
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David R. Bishop "Bishbaby" (Plymouth, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mildred Pierce (1945) [DVD] (DVD)
Having left MGM in '43. Joan Crawford had been kicking around Warner Bros for nearly two years before she made this excellent movie. It was well produced, and has a fine supporting cast, but the movie belongs to Joan Crawford.

Allegedly, Bette Davis and Barbara Stanwyck had turned the role down. Joan had a lot to prove, with her career in the doldrums, and the studio wondering if she could ever produce a box ofice hit. She did it in spades! The movie was a huge success, both financially and in terms of durability and prestiege. She won an Oscar, and her career was rejuvenated.

It is the story of just how much a Mother will do for her children. The character's strong will and determination were qualities that Joan could relate to. Sure, Joan's own parenting skills have been called into question since her death. The woman can hardly defend herself now can she? Call me perverse, twisted even, but it all adds a layer of dark comedy to the movie for me.

This is the finest moment of one of Hollywood's biggest and most enduring stars. Can't you see Julia Roberts in a remake in a few years?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but different, 24 Oct 2011
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Ms. S. Benjamin "igerne" (London, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Mildred Pierce (1945) [DVD] (DVD)
I bought this to compare it with the book, which I had read a couple of weeks before and enjoyed. I am really not sure why the film studio decided to change such a great book into a run-of-the-mill murder story, but I suppose those were what made money at the time.

If you forget about the book, this is a highly enjoyable film and one of Joan Crawford's best performances, before she slipped into the caricature that has spoilt her memory.
The actors are all very good, but overall I prefer the book. I imagine that because the original story is pretty racy and was censored for the original, the Kate Winslet TV drama may be more faithful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great star in a great film, 17 Jan 2011
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Mildred Pierce: an excellent film about a rare breed at the time - an intelligent woman, determined to make her way in a male dominated world. A woman, who understood herself; and would not allow others to profit by her weaknesses; recognised her errors and faced up to needed changes.

The acting, writing, direction, photography and editing: all excellent, without shouting at the viewer.

The clean DVD transfer produces deep blacks and details which uses the avaliable definition to the maximum.

The sound is clear, with a good dynamic range for the melodramatic incidental music and effects.

For those who can appreciate the qualities of a real star at her apogee, this film is a true classic.

Having heard that this film is to be remade, it is truly laughable to think it will be comparable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great film, 24 Sep 2011
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This is a great old film and gripping all the way through. Its a shame they dont make them like this anymore. Great story and Joan Crawford is as watchable as ever.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, 4 Sep 2011
This review is from: Mildred Pierce (1945) [DVD] (DVD)
We bought this film for our grandparents after we had just seen the HBO series with Kate Winslet; It was Great!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The AMAZING Mildred Pierce, 30 Jun 2011
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This film is without a doubt on of the best films I've come across yet! The storyline is great, the dialogue is well written and cinematography is also fantastic! Crawford is just incredible in the role and for me, no one will ever be able to play the character of Mildred Pierce in the same way she did!
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