Mildred Pierce (USA,Haynes,2011)
This Emmy-award-winning HBO series is not a remake of the 1945 Joan Crawford vehicle, but a faithful, leisurely adaptation of the original 1941 James M. Cain novel. (Cain also wrote The Postman Always Rings Twice, and Double Indemnity). In Depression era California, Mildred has thrown her husband out and must support herself and her daughters. Beginning with with a home-based business baking pies and then taking a job as a waitress in a busy diner, Mildred displays a talent for business. She loves her daughter Veda obsessively, without comprehending Veda's desire to efface the source of the family wealth and join the feckless upper class. Their relationship becomes a cauldron of ambition, social climbing, and love. Todd Haynes pays careful attention to the green and gold of the California landscape and every detail of the houses, cars and costumes of the period as he creates "a nightmare as American as mom and apple pie" (J. Hoberman).
We will show the miniseries in its entirety. Details on the episodes are available at HBO.
Doors open at 12pm. A discussion will follow the film. Light refreshments provided.
(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Work." Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2013-14 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)
PSC-CUNY Union Hall