Wise: Yes, Werth?
Wise: I assumed you were going to boycott it because they didn’t CGI Joan Crawford into it.
Werth: Well... as good as Joan would be in the new version, I am confident that Todd Haynes is going to do a beautiful job on it.
Wise: Beautiful—but not better?
Werth: Oh I’d never go that far. First of all, I don’t think that these two projects should even be compared. They are from two TOTALLY different eras and directorial styles and, to be honest, Haynes is going to be more faithful to the James M. Cain novel that was the source material for both films. Secondly, the original 1945 Mildred Pierce is a masterwork of filmmaking and performance that casts a long and unmatchable shadow.
Wise: Kate Winslet has big eyebrows to fill.
Wise: You’re going to be unacceptable soon.
Werth: Hopefully blogs are more forgiving than Hollywood. Crawford signed a deal with rival studio Warner Brothers and waited for the script offer that she hoped would put her back on top of the Hollywood heap. Crawford read Mildred Pierce and saw her opportunity, but director Michael Curtiz was initially not so keen on working with the notorious diva. He even made her audition for the part. Legend has it he ripped the shoulders of her dress from her body as he railed against shoulder pads, only to find, those were Crawford’s actual shoulders.
Wise: Curtiz would have hated 80’s fashions.
Wise: I'm gonna name my first baby Bitchslap.
Wise: After all, that was how Lucille LeSueur became Joan Crawford.
Wise: You might say that Todd Haynes’ Mildred Pierce is a re-make of a movie that re-made Joan Crawford.
Werth: I’m guessing that’s your intricate segue into your favorite re-made movie.
Wise: I do love elaborate transitions, especially this week when I’m not just talking about one re-make, but two, plus the play that the original film was based on. So it’s almost like a re-make to the fourth power.
Werth: I might need a drink just to understand that.
Werth: The ending of You’ve Got Mail literally caused me to stand up in the theater and shout out to Meg Ryan, “Stab him!”
Werth: Which is a big contrast to Mildred Pierce because no matter how great Kate Winslet is in the role—and I don’t doubt she will be—she’ll never be synonymous with the part the way Joan
Werth: Like me and Hugh Jackman.
Werth: I’m surprised she didn’t get her own number.
Werth: It’s a tough world out there for bookstores... and books.
Wise: What makes up for it, in my mind at least, is the fact that life-long Oz fan Ephron prominently features a number of L. Frank Baum’s books in the set design.
Werth: I knew you’d bring it back to Oz somehow.
Wise: Does this mean you don’t want to hear about the planned Wizard of Oz remake?
Werth: Let’s save that for when we re-make Film Gab next week.