MILDRED PIERCE with Joan Crawford - Hosted by the Dean of Film Noir Foster Hirsch



Cinema Arts Centre - Cinema 2 Mon, Jun 11, 2018 7:30 PM


Film Noir        Hosted by the Dean of Film Noir Foster Hirsch

stars Joan Crawford
Monday, June 11 at 7:30pm
$11 Members | $16 Public
Includes reception

Joan Crawford won an Oscar for her brilliant performance as a hard-working single mother who sacrifices everything for her spoiled daughter in this masterpiece of Film Noir.

Melodrama casts noirish shadows in this portrait of maternal sacrifice from Hollywood master Michael Curtiz. Its iconic performance by Joan Crawford as Mildred, a single mother hell-bent on freeing her children from the stigma of economic hardship, solidified Crawford’s career comeback and gave the actor her only Oscar. But as Mildred pulls herself up by the bootstraps, first as an unflappable waitress and eventually as the well-heeled owner of a successful restaurant chain, the ingratitude of her materialistic firstborn (a diabolical Ann Blyth) becomes a venomous serpent’s tooth, setting in motion an endless cycle of desperate overtures and heartless recriminations. Recasting James M. Cain’s rich psychological novel as a murder mystery, this bitter cocktail of blind parental love and all-American ambition is both unremittingly hard-boiled and sumptuously emotional. (USA, 1945, 111 min., NR, English| Dir. Michael Curtiz)