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Mildred Pierce (3.)


USA, 2011

Scr.: Todd Haynes, Jon Raymond (based on the novel by James M. Cain)
Phot.: Edward Lachman
Music: Carter Burwell
Cast: Kate Winslet, Guy Pearce, James LeGros, Melissa Leo, Mare Winningham, Brian F. O’Byrne, Evan Rachel Wood
Distributor: HBO
336 mins

(Miniseries with 5 episodes / 3.) Glendale, California, 1931: Mildred Pierce, a young mother is left a "grass widow" after throwing her husband, Bert, out of the house. Forced to hunt for work to support herself and her two young daughters, 11-year-old Veda and seven-year-old Ray, Mildred visits an employment agency, only to encounter job opportunities she feels are beneath her. When Mildred receives a call from the agency regarding an opening as a housekeeper to a wealthy socialite, she reluctantly agrees to meet with her. After cutting the acerbic interview short, Mildred seeks refuge at a local diner, Cristofor's Café, where fate, and a waitress named Ida, will play a role in shaping her future. The miniseries follows James M. 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 almost entirely taken word-for-word from the novel.

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