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Review: "Mildred Pierce" (1945) Starring Joan Crawford; Criterion Blu-ray Special Edition

17 February 2017 6:27 AM, PST

“Cain, Curtiz, And Crawford”

By Raymond Benson

Mildred Pierce is one curious piece of cinema. As film critics Molly Haskell and Robert Polito point out in their fascinating conversation that is a supplement on this beautifully-presented Blu-ray release from The Criterion Collection, Pierce is a movie that almost doesn’t know what it wants to be. In many ways it is a woman’s picture, that is, a melodrama, but it’s disguised inside a manufactured film noir.

This reasoning is sound, for in spite of novelist James M. Cain being known for terrific pulp crime fiction (Double Indemnity, The Postman Always Rings Twice), his 1941 novel Mildred Pierce is not a crime story, unless you want to say that a young woman having an affair with her stepfather is “criminal.” The book is indeed hardboiled and pulpy, but there is no murder in it.

On the other hand, Michael Curtiz »

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Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston Takes You On The Baftas Red Carpet

13 February 2017 3:48 PM, PST

Meryl Streep

Dev Patel

Thandi Newton

Naomi Harris

Amy Adams

Ron Howard and daughter Bryce Dallas

Mel Brooks mugs for Mark Mawston

Penelope Cruz

The annual British Academy of Film and Television Arts has presented its awards for the year 2016. For a full list of nominees and winners click here.  Cinema Retro's London photographer Mark Mawston was there to cover all the action on the red carpet. Here is a selection of some of his photos. (All photographs copyright Mark Mawston. All rights reserved.)

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