Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Criterion Collection Edition #860

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.

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Mildred Pierce
  • Mildred Pierce

    Criterion Collection Edition #860

    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 ...

Extras

  • Edition Intro

  • Molly Haskell and Robert Polito on MILDRED PIERCE

    This conversation between Molly Haskell and Robert Polito was recorded in 2016. In it, the critics discuss both the novel “Mildred Pierce” and the film version by Michael Curtiz.

  • Joan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star

    This 2002 documentary, directed by Peter Fitzgerald, covers the life and career of actor Joan Crawford. Narrated by Anjelica Huston, it features Crawford’s friends, relatives, and colleagues.

  • David Frost and Joan Crawford on MILDRED PIERCE

    On January 8, 1970, actor Joan Crawford appeared on “The David Frost Show.” In this excerpt, she discusses MILDRED PIERCE and director Michael Curtiz.

  • Ann Blyth on MILDRED PIERCE

    In July 2006, actor Ann Blyth appeared at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco for a screening of MILDRED PIERCE, organized and recorded by Marc Huestis. Blyth’s onstage Q&A with film noir expert Eddie Muller is presented here.

  • Restoring MILDRED PIERCE

    Discover the painstaking process behind restoring this cherished classic.