Sunday, September 27, 2009

Kate as Mildred? Really? Tell Me What You Think

I'm a little late in posting this. After all, this news broke in mid-August, so timely I'm not. But I wanted to share, so indulge me.

I read that the glorious Kate Winslet is possibly signing on for a five-hour miniseries adaptation of James M. Cain's novel "Mildred Pierce." Now, I think Kate's right up there with Meryl Streep, as both could play a phone booth convincingly. But "Mildred Pierce"?

What's startling about the announcement is that the 1945 film version of "Mildred Pierce" is great stuff and features Joan Crawford in an iconic role, the one that signaled a comeback and won her an Oscar.

Still, I won't try to judge, as Kate will surely bring her own fine interpretation to the role. But my gut reaction is "why?"

So, let's hear from you. Take my poll and tell me if you think it's a good idea. Once the poll closes and I know the results, I'll write at length about the movie, which I saw again over the summer.

If this remake happens, the next question I have is, "Who will play Mildred's spoiled daughter, Veda?" Despite the perfect typecasting, please don't let it be Lindsay Lohan or Paris Hilton.


  1. I'm all for it, if only for the added attention it may bring to the glorious 1945 version. Jack Carson is a marvel in it, and any exposure the new version may bring to the very underrated Mr. Carson is welcome.

    I loaned the Joan Crawford version to some female co-workers of mine who could care less about old black and white movies, and it was a huge hit. It got passed around to a lot of people, which pleased me to no end. One said it was one of the best movies she's ever seen. ("Peyton Place" was another hit as well.)

    Still five hours seems a bit much for this material. Never having read the original novel, I wonder what justifies the additional running time?

    For Veda, a good choice would be Evan Rachel Wood.

  2. Evan Rachel Wood ... I like her. Not a bad idea. I remember you telling me "Mildred Pierce" was a hit with your co-workers. Jack Carson ... one of those great dependable character actors. If this does get made, I will get the book and read it. I'm curious if chunks of it were left out of the 1945 version and, if so, what they are.