Michael Curtiz’s Mildred Pierce (1945)

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In this episode, I talk about Michael Curtiz’s 1945 film “Mildred Pierce.” Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her performance as the title character, a mother who, in the wake of the end of her marriage, starts her own restaurant business and tries to give a better life to her two daughters–Veda and Kay. But her eldest daughter Veda has an insatiable and destructive desire for material possessions and Mildred will stop at nothing to give Veda all that she wants. This is a magnificent film about motherhood and class mobility. I talk about Joan Crawford’s life, why she fascinates me as an actress, and I also delve into “Mommie Dearest.” As always, there are spoilers in this episode. 

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