Tuesday, February 28, 2006
Now, I know there are a lot of gays out there who like a good dose of La Joan Crawford, but let me tell you, no one knows Crawford until they see Mildred Pierce. Made in 1945, this movie transformed Mommie Dearest from Hollywood fluff to Hollywood heavyweight. It was on Turner Classic Movies' 31 Days of Oscar, and co stars a very young Ann Blyth as the vicious Veda, Mildred's love her hate her daughter who is the bitch of all bitches. Mildred, scorned by her husband, decides the best way for revenge is to open up a restaurant, make it into a huge corporation, and spoil their daughter sick, taking the blame for her money laundering, murder. Butterfly McQueen, a somewhat famous black actress from back in the day, ("I don't know nothin about birthin no babies...") is a fucking riot as Lotte the maid and it's all mad, good fun. Don't even get me started on the fur coat. Viktor and Rolf were obviously just as crazy about it as I was. Check out this monster from their Fall 2006 collection.
My favorite scene in the flick was when Mildred and Veda are having a face off on the stairs of their sweeping southern California mansion. "Get out!" Shouts Joan, "Get out before I throw your things out the window! Get out before I kill you!"
Oh yes. I'm definitely naming my future cat Veda. And I'm Mildred.