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Mildred Pierce


Joan Crawford, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Eve Arden View All


Michael Curtiz (Director), Ranald MacDougall (Screenplay) View All

Release: Oct. 20th, 1945
Runtime: 1 hour, 51 minutes
After her unfaithful husband leaves her, Mildred Pierce proves she can become independent and successful. However winning the approval of her spoiled daughter proves a greater challenge.
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Somehow, I kept reading the title of the movie as Mildred Piece, which in a way still makes sense, since Mildred is persistently giving Vida a piece of her heart only to have that very heart pierced by Vida with every attempt she makes.
The plot is a surprisingly non-violent noir narrative (barring the cold open that ends in murder) but it's mixed with enough familial tension to blur the line between noir and melodrama.
The film opens with a murder and it is the investigation into said murder that leads to an unexpected story of a mother who would do anything for a daughter who so doesn't deserve the mother she has.
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