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Trailer Watch: Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce

Trailer Watch: Kate Winslet as Mildred Pierce

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One of the great, satisfying page-turners is James M. Cain’s 1941 Mildred Pierce, which was turned into an excellent 1945 movie starring Joan Crawford. (Several of Cain’s hardboiled novels worked as films, including The Postman Always Rings Twice and Double Indemnity). Well, the Killer team of Christine Vachon and Todd Haynes have adapted the novel into a five-part HBO mini-series. The trailer ran before HBO’s debut of Boardwalk Empire Sunday night.

The new and original trailers are below.

Hat Tip: Scott Macaulay.

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A miniseries? It’s a pretty short book. They’re really planning on dragging it out, aren’t they?

I read the book earlier this year. Great book, maybe Cain’s best. A lot was censored or watered-down for the 1945 movie, which was pretty strong stuff for ’45 as it was. And I love the movie anyway, but the book is much stronger. It would have made a great pre-Code movie in the right hands.

I’m not seeing Kate Winslet in the role. This trailer isn’t working for me. The emphasis seems to be on the wrong things. I didn’t see Bert or Wally in the trailer, only Monty, Veda and maybe Ida (the Eve Arden character).

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