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blacbird
04-03-2011, 09:46 AM
I just finished watching the first episode of a new HBO mini-series based on the novel by James M. Cain. It was outstanding.

Mildred Pierce, the novel, is in my estimation one of the finest and most underrated American novels of the twentieth century. This first TV episode was highly faithful to the novel, and well worth a watch.

AyJay
04-03-2011, 08:18 PM
Hey blacbird - my partner and I happened on the first episode over the weekend and really got pulled in too.

I haven't read the novel, just saw the original movie years ago. Kate Winslet was of course terrific, and I plan on watching more.

My only gripe was the sometimes melodramatic soundtrack--rising up to crescendo at all the most dramatic parks--a bit cheesey and "made for TV" quality, though perhaps they were trying to recapture the sensibility of the 1940's original.

COchick
04-03-2011, 08:22 PM
I managed to catch the first part when it aired, and I wasn't too sure...and then I got pulled in. I loved it. I think I'll do it bass-ackwards this time, and watch the movie first, then read the book.

strawberryblondie
04-03-2011, 10:36 PM
I haven't read the book but I watched Part 1 & 2 last night and really enjoyed it.

Manuel Royal
04-04-2011, 04:47 AM
I haven't read the novel (though I read The Postman Always Rings Twice, which is great), but know the 1945 Joan Crawford movie.

The relationship between Mildred and Veda is laid out with greater complexity and subtlety this time. The last scene in the second episode was fantastic; took me a few moments to think about what Mildred's line "Thank God" really meant.

zahra
04-04-2011, 05:13 PM
I haven't read the novel (though I read The Postman Always Rings Twice, which is great), but know the 1945 Joan Crawford movie.

The relationship between Mildred and Veda is laid out with greater complexity and subtlety this time. The last scene in the second episode was fantastic; took me a few moments to think about what Mildred's line "Thank God" really meant.
The JC film is one of my favourites, ever. I'm looking forward to seeing what AMC does with it. The Radio Times says UK is definitely getting it. Ooh, I wonder if the trend will continue with All About Eve???