Movie night: mother-daughter relationship


The Academy Award-winning 1945 film of the same name, starring Joan Crawford is followed by a 2011 Emmy Award-winning miniseries of the same name, starring Kate Winslet.  Joan Crawford is a woman that loves terribly her daughter and would do anything for her. Directed by Michael Curtiz (Casablanca), and featuring Joan Crawford in an Oscar-winning performance, as well as TWO “Best Supporting Actress” nominations (for both Eve Arden and Ann Blyth), Mildred Pierce remains a classic.


A 1981 American biographical drama film about Joan Crawford and the abusive relationship she had with her adopted daughter Christina Crawford and her adopted son Christopher, starring Faye Dunaway. The story was based on the 1978 autobiography of the same name by Christina Crawford.  The film was a commercial success, grossing $39 million worldwide from a $5 million budget. Despite negative reviews, it has since become a cult classic.


A Bette Davis career milestone, resulting in her sixth “Best Actress” Oscar nomination. Davis magically plays Charlotte Vale, a spinster who defies her domineering mother (fellow Oscar nominee Gladys Cooper) to discover love, heartbreak and eventual contentment. More magic is generated by a top-notch ensemble, Max Steiner’s Academy Award-winning score and an improvised moment by Paul Henreid that became an instant classic: he lights two cigarettes at once and hands one to Davis.



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