Sunday, Dec 10, 2023 at 1:00 pm
Location: Bartos Screening Room
Dir. Todd Haynes. 2011, 330 mins. DCP. With one intermission. With Kate Winslet, Evan Rachel Wood, Guy Pearce, Mare Winningham, Melissa Leo. Created as a five-part miniseries for HBO, Haynes’s thrilling adaptation of James M. Cain’s 1941 novel Mildred Pierce is a cinematic event. Exquisitely detailed and visually ravishing, Haynes’s film abandons the noirish flourishes that defined Michael Curtiz’s classic 1945 film of the book, instead going for historical accuracy and detail, creating a narrative of life during Great Depression with remarkable authenticity. The story of a housewife who leaves her unemployed, cheating husband and attempts to maintain her and her family’s social position, while having to deal with a monstrously selfish daughter obsessed with upward mobility, Mildred Pierce was fully reinvented by Haynes. This is a rare opportunity to see the series in its entirety on the big screen.
Tickets are free with Museum admission and will be distributed first-come, first-served from the front desk. Please request a ticket when you arrive.