Mildred Pierce


Mildred Pierce Information

Mildred Pierce is a five-part miniseries that first aired on HBO on March 27, 2011. Adapted from James M. Cain's 1941 novel of the same name, it was directed by Todd Haynes, and starred Kate Winslet in the title role, alongside Guy Pearce, Evan Rachel Wood and Melissa Leo. Carter Burwell wrote the original score for the miniseries.

It is the second adaptation of the novel, after the 1945 film noir produced by Warner Bros. and starring Joan Crawford.

Synopsis

Mildred Pierce depicts an overprotective, self-sacrificing mother during the Great Depression who finds herself separated from her husband, opening a restaurant of her own and falling in love with a new man, all the while trying to earn her spoiled, narcissistic daughter's love and respect. The miniseries follows Cain's original novel exactly, dramatizing nearly every scene and dispensing with the murder subplot which was added for the 1945 film. The dialogue is taken almost entirely word-for-word from the novel.

Cast

Production

Parts of the miniseries were filmed in three New York locations: Peekskill, Point Lookout and Merrick.

Reception

Mildred Pierce received generally favorable reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted mean rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the film currently holds an average score of 69, based on 28 reviews, which indicates "generally favorable reviews". Salon.com called it a "quiet, heartbreaking masterpiece", while The New York Times reviewer, Alessandra Stanley, commented that while the miniseries was "loyally, unwaveringly true to James M. Cain's 1941 novel", it did not "make the most of the mythic clash of mother, lover and ungrateful child", and was "not nearly as satisfying as the 1945 film noir".

Novelist Stephen King, reviewing Mildred Pierce for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, praised the acting of Winslet, Pearce and Wood, and admired the show's attention to detail and structure, but complained that the five-hour adaptation was "too damn long". He finishes with, "Winslet's Mildred is a genuine star turn. How Joan Crawford would have loathed her."

The series was shown Out of Competition at the 68th Venice International Film Festival in 2011.

Accolades

Award Category Recipient(s) and nominee(s) Outcome
Primetime Emmy Awards
Outstanding Miniseries or Movie Christine Vachon, Pamela Koffler, John Wells, Todd Haynes and Ilene S. Landress
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Kate Winslet
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie Guy Pearce
Brian F. O'Byrne
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie Evan Rachel Wood
Melissa Leo
Mare Winningham
Outstanding Directing in a Miniseries or a Movie Todd Haynes
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or Dramatic Special Todd Haynes and Jon Raymond
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or a Movie Mark Friedberg, Peter Rogness and Ellen Christiansen De Jonge
Outstanding Cinematography for a Miniseries or a Movie Ed Lachman
Outstanding Costumes for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Ann Roth, Michelle Matland and Patrick Wiley
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a Movie Jerry DeCarlo and Jerry Popolis
Outstanding Makeup for a Miniseries or a Movie Patricia Regan and Linda Melazzo
Outstanding Music Composition for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Carter Burwell for Part 5
Outstanding Sound Editing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Patricia Regan and Linda Melazzo For Part 5
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Miniseries or a Movie Drew Kunin, Leslie Shatz, Bobby Johanson and Joshua Reinhardt For Part 5
Outstanding Special Visual Effects Lesley Robson-Foster, John Bair, Renuka Ballal, Nathan Meier, Constance Conrad, Marci Ichimura, Josephine Noh, Aaron Raff and Scott Winston For Part 5
Outstanding Casting for a Miniseries, Movie or a Special Laura Rosenthal
Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Miniseries or a Movie Camilla Toniolo For Part 4
Outstanding Original Main Title Theme Music Carter Burwell
Golden Globe Awards Best Miniseries or Television Film
Best Actress " Miniseries or Television Film Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film Guy Pearce
Best Supporting Actress " Series, Miniseries or Television Film Evan Rachel Wood
Satellite Awards Best Television Film
Best Actress " Miniseries or Television Film Kate Winslet
Best Supporting Actor " Series, Miniseries or Television Film Guy Pearce
Best Supporting Actress " Series, Miniseries or Television Film Evan Rachel Wood
Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Guy Pearce
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie Kate Winslet

Ratings

Episode(s) Date Viewers
Part One and Part Two March 27, 2011 1.270 million
Part Three April 3, 2011 0.987 million
Part Four and Part Five April 10, 2011 0.964 million

International Broadcasting

  • Hong Kong: TVB Pearl (Aired in November 2012)



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