James M. Cain

Mildred, Mildred, Mildred

Anytime there’s talk of remaking a classic movie, it always generates a lot of excitement in the classic film fan community.  Everyone starts talking about the original movie, a lot of people declare that it can never compare to the original, and then there are some who are willing to give it a chance.  When HBO announced they were working on an adaptation of Mildred Pierce, it was no exception to the rule.  But no matter what someone’s initial reaction is, if you mention that you’ve seen the remake, the first thing they’ll say is, “Well, how was it?”  So, here it is: everything you could want to know about HBO’s Mildred Pierce mini-series, how it compares to the Joan Crawford movie, and even how it compares to the original James M. Cain novel.

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