Dir. Todd Haynes. 2011, 330 mins. Screened with one intermission. With Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood. *Costumes by Ann Roth. Haynes’s rich, psychologically complex HBO miniseries is an undeniably sumptuous cinematic experience that plays best on the big screen. Winslet won an Emmy for her wrenching work as the ultimate sacrificing mother, struggling to find a job after a divorce and coping with a monstrously selfish daughter. A detailed portrait of the depression and a domestic epic, this version is more faithful to James M. Cain’s novel than Curtiz’s 1945 adaptation.
*Costumes from Mildred Pierce (2011) are a recent addition to the Museum’s collection. These costumes, worn by series stars Kate Winslet (as Mildred Pierce) and Evan Rachel Wood (as Veda Pierce), are now on exhibit in Behind the Screen, along with original drawings by renowned costume designer Ann Roth.
Free with Museum admission.