Held Over: “Midnight in Paris”, “Beginners”; Joan Crawford in “Mildred Pierce” is This Week’s Wednesday Summer Classic

 

 

Mildred Pierce is a classic postwar film noir with elements of the melodrama or “weeper”; it was structured as a typical murder mystery told in flashbacks. The film was a tremendous box-office hit and critical success, and was adapted from a novel by James Cain. Atypical of films noir, the protagonist in the film is female, but she is conventionally brought down by a femme fatale, in this case, her own daughter. Successful promotional copy for the film read: “Mildred Pierce – don’t ever tell anyone what she did.”

The film was nominated for six Academy Awards but Crawford won the film’s sole Academy Award as Best Actress. It was her sole win out of three career nominations. trailer

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