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Posted December 14, 2011
Highly, highly recommended. Nothing quite like this period piece. Expertly done. I've watched it at least 50 times and never get tired of it!
This is a remake of an old 1940's Joan Crawford film, dramatic in nature, and a little forward-thinking for its time, although Joan Crawford was quite forward-thinking on her own in ANY movie. At any rate, Kate Winslet is ALWAYS amazing and it's no wonder she received best actress in the emmy awards for best drama on HBO. She is the epitomy of the 1930s housewife and mother and the story follows her sad, hopeless but eventually very successful life from 1931 Glendale to about 1940 Pasadena. Her husband leaves her when both children are about 8 and 12 for a woman down the street who wears a red dress with no "brasier". Events show Mildred (Winslet) struggling fiercely to get a job, making her own pies and cakes and selling them to friends and neighbors, finally getting a job as a waitress, meeting a millionaire, opening her own restaurants and bakeries and moving to a Pasadena Mansion. Meanwhile, her older daughter has become a fine pianist but is spoiled and inwardly hates her mother because she's involved with the restaurant business, works with men who wear smocks and smell of grease. A major fallout occurs, the daughter moves out and becomes a famous opera singer. A reconciliation takes place between them after Mildred marries the millionaire, as the millionaire has made it happen. However, the two become intimately entwined as is ultimately discovered and eventually Mildred re-marries her first husband. The filming is superb with a real Glendale house and all the food cans and utencils from that era being shown. The wardrobe is fabulous and totally accurate, as are the phrases, the cars, the hairstyles and the attitudes. I have not viewed a period piece as fabulous as Mildred Pierce. This is a must-have--the acting is absolutely first-rate, the storyline so interesting. Don't pass this up.
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