Todd Haynes, Mildred Pierce, 2011 (still); image: courtesy HBO
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Mildred Pierce

Part of Modern Cinema: Sparks on Celluloid

“Kate Winslet won a Golden Globe for her performance as the title heroine of what Hilton Als called Haynes’s ‘rivetingly authoritative, erotic, and painstakingly faithful’ HBO miniseries, an adaptation of one of the crime writer James M. Cain’s most sympathetic, psychologically rich novels. Mildred Pierce is the epic story of a proud single mother struggling to earn her daughter’s love during the Great Depression in middle-class Los Angeles. The five-part miniseries, produced in association with MGM, closely follows the story laid out by James M. Cain in his 1941 novel of the same name. Michael Curtiz’s original adaptation of Mildred Pierce has become a camp classic; Haynes’s, in contrast, is a dignified, luminous study of a woman under constant economic and emotional pressure.”
— Film Society of Lincoln Center

“This glittering new Mildred Pierce, which features Kate Winslet in the title role, is frankly the crystal meth of quality TV: instantly and scarily addictive.”
— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian



Film Details

Country: USA
Languages: English
Year: 2011
Running time: 336 min
Format: Blu-Ray
Director: Todd Haynes
Screenwriters: Todd Haynes, Jonathan Raymond
Producer: Christine Vachon
Cinematographer: Ed Lachman
Editor: Affonso Gonçalves
Source: HBO


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