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5.0 out of 5 stars Being a woman. Living the dream., 29 April 2012
This review is from: Mildred Pierce (HBO) [DVD] [2011] (DVD)
Impossible for me to watch this HBO series without considering how the original film was received in downtrodden working-class 1940s UK. I can only imagine how women aspired to Mildred's leadership. Her talent for making friends. Her will to live her dream. Echoes of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with its set-up of what women aspire to and what they have to settle for. Free from compliance. Being Joan Crawford.

Part one of this five part series has all the pieces put in place. House, two kids, stray husband, separation, destitution in the background. Our first shock is her refusal to accept particular jobs. In a man's world only the Employment Exchange has a female boss. I have just finished watching Boardwalk Empire for the second time and could easily dove-tale the female lead in that series (Margaret) with Mildred Pierce. Both are attractive because of their self-confidence and their intelligence. Each speaks against the social norms of their time.

The film must have reached Britain in the late 1940s. I can easily imagine my mum being impressed by the will to win. The strength of character. And all women of that time drooling over all that physical attention. The dream of control over a man and by a man. A suave, dapper, rich young man. Enter Guy Pearce. New fruit.

I admit Boardwalk Empire is far more enjoyable for my male appreciation of booze, broads, guns and Al Capone but Mildred Pierce is very much story driven and does not allow you to settle to any conclusions very easily. I am half way through the series, I did not want to be loaded with the ending. Just to say that for women of a certain age, you were remarkable. Five stars. Not like today.
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Initial post: 20 Apr 2014 15:07:30 BDT
ElspethR says:
This is more about the 1940s film - which, unlike this, bears little resemblance to the book - and its reception at the time and comparing it to Boardwalk empire, with little about the content of the 2011 series and the DVD itself, which is what other customers will be looking at. It doesn't explain your comments in relation to the 2011 series and it seems that you'd reviewed this before completing watching - why did you not want to be "loaded with the ending?"
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