Episode 127: 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. Consider making this podcast sustainable by supporting it on Patreon.Subscribe to the Her Head in Films Newsletter.Follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Instagram.Original logo by Dhiyanah Hassan Full Show Notes: Use the code “CINEMA” to get your first month free at OVID.TVMy favorite films on OVIDPainted Landscapes of the TimesFresh KillMy episode on Michael Haneke's AmourHumoresqueJoan Crawford: The Ultimate Movie Star (2002)Mommie DearestMy episode on Ingmar Bergman's Autumn SonataJohnny GuitarMildred Pierce by James M. CainMy episode on Michael Curtiz's CasablancaLuLaRich documentaryMy episode on Ken Loach's I, Daniel BlakeAll My SourcesCriterion Collection edition of Mildred PierceKarina Longworth's six-part series about Joan Crawford on You Must Remember This