A man playfully tries to untie a woman’s robe but she stops him.
It is implied that a married man is having an affair with another woman and this initiates a marital separation.

Woman walks into a house to find her husband is bent over passionately kissing her reclined adult daughter. Daughter tells her they have been in a relationship even before her mother’s marriage. Implication is of a love affair with the step-daughter.


Film review:Translated by www.rabudo-ru.com


Mildred Pierce, the classic in black movies is alien. There are not many old Hollywood films with female perspectives, let alone black films dominated by men. James M. Cain writes that female characters are always skilled. In addition to being fatal, they always have an irresistible charm. The bad ones are much more stylish than men. Such as Phyllis of double independence, and middleed Pierce.

Please don’t tell me that some people will ignore such exaggerated shoulder pads when watching this film. I almost didn’t spit milk when I saw it for the first time. It’s almost like Zhong Kui. From the perspective of the 21st century, women wearing shoulder pads is definitely a sign of old-fashioned + no product. But Joan Crawford, you have to say that she is not a great beauty. That’s right. After all, she doesn’t have the looks of Vivien Li, Monroe or Hepburn, but she still loves her (she also has Bette Davis, Katherine Hepburn, Barbara Stanwyck, in my mind, “four days later stronger than men”). Besides her, who else can wear such a shocking shoulder pad so natural and unrestrained.

Anyway, shoulder pads are definitely not used for fun. It represents women’s success in the workplace and its threat to men. In other words, when a woman’s shoulder pad is thicker than all men, it’s time for her to step down and bow.

From a historical point of view, why did the film delay its release after World War II? That was to appease the vast number of World War II veterans. Everything is easy to say during the war. No matter how successful women are in the workplace, they also serve the men on the front line. Not after the war. When men return to their motherland from the battlefield with scars, they don’t want to see a group of women occupying their original jobs carelessly. So on the surface, the film is definitely made to punish women’s excessive success. It tells them that a woman is still a woman, she is vain, she is irrational, she will eventually be cheated by men, and she still needs men to save. A man may be frustrated for a while, but once he has a career and a job, a woman will still come back to him.

However, this result is only a superficial phenomenon. It is also a story about women with big shoulder pads and a group of useless and unscrupulous men. A careful analysis of the men in the film is not difficult to see that the first husband Bert lost his job and even his family. His frustration indirectly contributed to the success of his ex-wife, which is a sharp contrast. Although he was nice, of course, he found a job and seemed to find his wife in the end, but after all, he was a person who even IDA, an employee of his ex-wife, despised him. Monty, the second husband, a dandy, sat down to eat his ancestral property, and finally became a male prostitute. Wally, the only one who is successful in the professional field, is really crafty. Although he is successful in business (mostly by Mildred), he has no women, and the men without women in old Hollywood are no different from those who are not men. Not to mention Monty and Wally’s looks themselves are not very masculine. Relatively speaking, Bert is more angular, not to mention Joan Crawford who plays with them.

On the other hand, looking at women, Mildred Pierce goes without saying that she is a strong woman. She is more successful in self-reliance than all the men in the film. Although it seems that she was cheated by Wally and Monty later, it should be easy for a woman like her to make a comeback. Only the daughter ate her to death. Her assistant IDA seems to be more masculine than her. In the film, she has no family, no love, only her neat work and her loyalty to Mildred. She can be described as a heroine among women. As for the daughter Veda, it’s a very interesting character. Femme fatale won’t say it. No man dares to say no to such a woman. After saying it, wait for a gun. She is also the only one who can play Mildred Pierce, who is better than men. After killing, it’s actually good to say to his mother, “I’m a rotten man, but you did it all.” Whoever said this, he can only say I took u to her. If you pay close attention, almost all the important plot developments in Mildred Pierce are related to Veda. For example, the fuse of her parents’ divorce is to buy her a skirt, Mildred’s success is to make her live a good life, and Mildred’s marriage is for her vanity. Finally, I realized that she was the real boss behind the scenes. It’s really bad. It makes people gnash their teeth. It’s a combination of shortcomings in the world. At the same time, I think men are not as cruel as her. Whatever the outcome, the most unforgettable and fascinating in this film is definitely these women with big shoulder pads. People can’t help shouting: let the shoulder pads be more violent!

P. S: the style of this film is a great love of my heart. At the beginning, Wally’s light and shadow at the beach resort once made me feel like watching an expressionist film in the 1920s. Not to mention the scene scheduling after that, the actors took their places. I appreciate that there are few shot / reverse shot. There are many long scenes of three person dialogue in this film. Two women and one man or two men and one woman form a triangular composition, and then move or indirectly change the character’s position through the position / lens. It is really worth pondering and aftertaste. It is worthy of being a black classic. They don’t make ’em like that anymore

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