Mildred Pierce

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Wisconsin Center for Film and Theater Research, 1980 - Performing Arts - 259 pages

Joan Crawford forged a new and successful screen image in this powerful women's noir film; winning her an Academy Award for best actress.

Albert J. LaValley's through and insightful guide to Mildred Pierce at once tells us much about the making of this complex film, the problems and process of transferring the story to the screen, the specific and important roles of the producer, director, and set designer, and how the film relates to broad trends within the industry. It is without a doubt the most thorough treatment of this important American motion picture.

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During the Great Depression, Mildred Pierce having more or less encouraged her husband to leave the family home, finds herself in need of a means to support herself and her two daughters, Ray and Veda ... Read full review

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As other reviewers have noted, this book is not really like the movie starring Joan Crawford (especially the ending). This book was placed in the 'Crime' section of my local library but I don't really ... Read full review


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    Albert J. LaValley, associate professor of film and English at Rutgers University, was, at the time this book was published, visiting associate professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
    Tino Balio, Professor in the Department of Communication Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, is the author of United Artists: The Company Built by the Stars, United Artists: The Company That Changed the Film Industry, and the editor of The American Film Industry as well as the 22 volume Wisconsin/Warner Bros. Screenplay series, all published by the University of Wisconsin Press. He directed the Wisconsin Center for Film and Theatre Research from 1966 to 1882.

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