MILDRED PIERCE (aka Joan Crawford) — The Steamy Book Vs. The Movie Classic.

You might think that Mildred Pierce, director Michael Curtiz’ marvelous 1945 melodrama that won a best-actress Oscar for Joan Crawford (fittingly accepted in her bedroom; see above), is pretty raw for its time. After all, the picture covers quite of bit of territory — murder, drinking, rampant infidelity, double-crossing financial manipulation complete with intense mother-daughter […]