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Having recently seen the original movie with Joan Crawford, I found this TV mini series very much better. Allowing for the fact that the original film dates from the 1940s, I still find it hard to see why Joan Crawford won an Oscar, although I don't know what the competition was then. In any event, Kate Winslet gives an awful lot more to the part when compared with the rather expressionless performance of her predecessor. The production is, of course, is incomparable and the other roles much more natural that the original. Although very watchable, neither quite lives up to the critical acclaim they have received. If you are a film noir fan of the "golden years" of the 30s and 40s then no doubt Joan Crawford et al will be just your cup of tea. Otherwise, this is the version to go for.
Here's the beautiful new version of Mildred Pierce, originally played by Joan Crawford who won an Academy Awards for the same role. Kate Winslet's acting is stunning and is supported by a great cast including Guy Pearce and Evan Rachel Wood. The only bad note is the excessive length.
Winslett is brilliant, the direction ts great, however after having seen the MGM original with Joan Crawford and a very pretty and mature looking Ann Blythe as the 16 year old, perhaps the casting of the daughter could have been a more mature looking young lady. As usual HBO productions are excellent. I highly recommend this miniseries.