1000 Best Movies? Without Mildred Pierce?
A while back, The New York Times had the audacity to publish a book called the 1000 Best Movies. All chosen by the critics of the Times of course.
The book credits Janet Maslin and our old pal from Variety, the late Vincent Canby, as the authors and Peter M. Nichols as editor. Obviously, all that meant was Canby and Maslin were the Times critics at the time the book was published back in 1999.
The book is basically a list of the Times’ picks as the Best Films each year from 1931 to 1998. But SOMEONE — Canby, Maslin or Nichols — should have dropped a few of the films listed, and added others if they were going to call it a Guide to the Best 1,000 Movies Ever Made.
There are glaring omissions. For one very notable example, Joe asks: Where’s MILDRED PIERCE???
Time has proven this 1945 film noir a classic. Not just because of the Oscar winning performance by Joan Crawford in the title role, but because of the direction, art direction and photography. Those wet L. A. streets!
Every time Joe encounters a good waitress, a really professional waitress, not a wanna-be starlet, he says he realizes just how great an actress Crawford was.
She went in Mildred Pierce from mother/housewife to novice waitress to professional waitress to businesswoman — with love and sex, betrayal and murder thrown in, of course, with masterly precision.
Crawford’s star persona always overshadowed what a really fine actress she was.
Others in the cast are equally good and recognized at the time. Both Ann Blyth and Eve Arden were nominated for supporting actress Oscars. Jack Carson was superb as were Zachary Scott and Moroni Olsen.
Mildred Pierce is a must see film and CERTAINLY one of the best films Hollywood ever produced.
Now to today’s photo above — a treat. A Never Before Seen (NBS) informal snap of Crawford. But who’s she with?
Please let us know.