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estiedelruth

Fantasic performance from Stanwyck. A very interesting plot. If you are a fan of Stanwyck then you are guaranteed to appreciate this movie.
7 years 6 months ago
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corchap

In no capacity is Stella Dallas a villain. I'm not even sure why her character was nominated for the 100 villains list. Everything she does after she gives birth to Laurel is in service to her. Just because she has her own style and likes to have a laugh doesn't make her an antagonist. it makes the society look snobbish. But the snobbery is never acknowledged
7 months ago
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Siskoid

In contrast to fairy tale romcoms like Sabrina where marrying into high society is the ultimate goal and spells happiness forever after for the romantic protagonist, Stella Dallas marries the lead off early, and turns it into a much more realistic story where ambition destroys relationships, priorities shift with age, and over-reaching leads to humiliation. There IS upward mobility in the film, but it's not meant to be immediate, and while the whole high society business is dated, it can still be seen as an expression of first-generation college attendees, etc. But Stella Dallas is all about Barbara Stanwyck. Everyone else, with the possible exception of Alan Hale's lusty Ed Munn, gives a mannered and wet performance. They're in an old-fashioned melodrama and lack complexity, while Stanwyck is thoroughly modern and acting her socks off as the single mother who will sacrifice everything for her daughter, having transferred her hopes and dreams to her.
1 year 8 months ago
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lauli

I think this film could be a complete waste of time if it weren't for Barbara Stanwyck's incredible performance. She makes it totally worth watching.
8 years 8 months ago
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baraka92

Stanwyck is amazing, as always, and so is Anne Shirley, but the final act left me annoyed by the decisions of the main character and confused by what the audience is supposed to make out of this story. spoiler It should've ended on the train. Up to that point the movie was a great and heartbreaking tale.
6 months 3 weeks ago
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Limbesdautomne

Since the 30's, the little girls don't dream anymore about princesses, but about becoming working girls. Thank you, Barbara.

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2 years 10 months ago
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DerekFME

Far too long and far too one note. Watch the vastly superior Forbidden from the early 30s for a similar but more satisfying experience.
8 years 9 months ago
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