Mildred Pierce (1945)

Feature Film

Director: Michael Curtiz
Writers: Ranald MacDougall, James M. Cain
Cinematographer: Ernest Haller
Composer: Max Steiner
Cast: Joan Crawford, Ann Blyth, Jack Carson, Zachary Scott, Bruce Bennett, Eve Arden, Jo Ann Marlowe, Moroni Olsen

With its alternately playful and unsettling mise en scène and universally convincing performances, Curtiz’s jolting noir-cum-melodrama, an adaptation of Cain’s novel about a mother who gives up just about everything for her ungrateful, snobby, materialistic, and desperately-in-need-of-a-good-slapping eldest daughter, is a parenting cautionary tale quiet unlike any other. Iain.Stott