“Mildred Pierce” Raises Her Eyebrows at “Oscar® Noir”

Beverly Hills, CA (June 8, 2010) — “Mildred Pierce” (1945), for which Joan Crawford earned her only Academy Award®, will be screened as the next feature in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ series “Oscar Noir: 1940s Writing Nominees from Hollywood’s Dark Side” on Monday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. at the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater. The film will be introduced by screenwriter Callie Khouri (“Thelma & Louise,” “Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood”).

Crawford stars as a businesswoman coping with a conniving daughter and an unfaithful lover in this film adaptation of the James M. Cain novel. “Mildred Pierce” earned a total of six Academy Award nominations including Best Motion Picture (Warner Bros.), Actress (Crawford), Actress in a Supporting Role (Eve Arden), Actress in a Supporting Role (Ann Blyth), Black-and-White Cinematography (Ernest Haller) and Writing (Ranald MacDougall). Blyth, who portrays Veda Pierce in the film, will be in attendance at the screening.

At 7 p.m. the noir cartoon short “The Super Snooper” (1952), starring Daffy Duck, and the episode “Death Takes the Wheel” from the 1941 serial “Adventures of Captain Marvel” will be screened as part of the evening’s pre-feature program.

“Oscar Noir” is a summer-long series featuring 15 film noir classics from the 1940s, all of which were nominated in writing categories. Including “Mildred Pierce,” there are 11 screenings remaining in the series. A complete list of films can be found at http://www.oscars.org/events-exhibitions/events/2010/noir.html.

Tickets to individual evenings are $5 for the general public and $3 for Academy members and students with a valid ID. They may be purchased online at www.oscars.org, by mail, in person at the Academy during regular business hours or, depending on availability, on the night of the screening when the doors open at 6:30 p.m. The Samuel Goldwyn Theater is located at 8949 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills. For more information, call (310) 247-3600 or visit www.oscars.org.

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