Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Mildred Pierce (film)

Back to the Under Ground Theatre again for today's post where Joan Crawford will put in an Oscar-winning performance in the 1945 drama Mildred Pierce. The film has been chosen as the Sunday afternoon classic matinee and will be screened on the 11th of May. It will be introduced with a short illustrated presentation on its importance by Dr Niall Richardson, lecturer at the School of Media, Film and Music at Sussex University.

Mildred Pierce is a film noir work which opens with the murder of Mildred's second husband, Beragon (Zachary Scott). Police on the scene believe that Beragon has been shot by her first husband, Bert Pierce (Bruce Bennett). When Bert confesses to the crime, the audience is shown Mildred's life in a series of flashbacks which she narrates herself. Struggling to create a good life for herself and her daughters, Mildred has raised herself from lowly waitress to the owner of a chain of restaurants. However her social climber daughter, Veda (Ann Blyth), is ashamed of her roots. Mildred remarries to the apparently wealthy Beragon but finds herself supporting his playboy lifestyle as well as trying to fund her daughter's materialistic ambitions. The film is based on a novel by James M Cain.

Under Ground Theatre, Sun 11th May, 14:30.
Tickets, £6.50 to include tea/coffee and cake after the film, available online, by calling 0845 680 1926, or in person at the Under Ground Theatre and Eastbourne Tourist Information Centre.