Monday, May 16, 2011

screen inspiration: mildred pierce

Over the weekend, I finally finished the HBO mini series event, MILDRED PIERCE.  The story of a complicated relationship between a mother and daughter during depression-era California has many dark twists and turns and is a great story.  Here's the trailer:

As Kate Winslet said in an interview, there was nothing mini about it.  Five parts, approximately an hour each, were shot over a 16 week period.  It takes about 10 weeks to make a movie, longer for a period piece.  This was like shooting two and a half movies.  And it was incredible.  Kate Winslet is a favorite of mine and I think no one else could have played this part as well.  And the sets and costuming (by the legendary Ann Roth) made the whole thing truly spectacular.  I can't say enough about the costuming and production design.

One thing that struck me when doing the research was how much inspiration the crew got out of photographer Saul Leiter.  Leiter liked to use windows and reflective surfaces to capture image and the inspiration of his work is clearly seen throughout this series.  The crew even normally used the term "Leiter-y" to define a shot.

Look at a couple shots from the series:

And now some great photos from Saul Leiter:

Isn't it fantastic when we inspire each other?

Check out the series on HBO on demand before it goes away!

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