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Mildred Pierce

Michael Curtiz

Mildred Pierce (Joan Crawford, in her only Oscar-winning role) is brought in for questioning after her second husband is shot. Through a series of flashbacks, we track Mildred’s extraordinary life: recently separated, she started working to provide for her two daughters, the spoilt Veda (Ann Blyth) and tomboy-ish Kay (Jo Ann Marlowe) and became a successful business woman – at the expense of her relationship with her children.

Starting off as a film noir murder mystery, Mildred Pierce is a rare beast of a film that centres on a middle-aged woman’s ambition, devoting more attention to her relationship with her daughters than it does to her love life.