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Starring Barbara Stanwyck

February-March 2019

Versatility, professionalism and resourcefulness made Barbara Stanwyck one of the most successful and memorable Hollywood actors of all time.

Introduction by season co-programmer Geoff Andrew

Starring Barbara Stanwyck

Introduction

“A gutsy, self-reliant and self-assured woman whose husky voice and cool exterior usually masked a warm heart”
The New York Times

Born Ruby Stevens in working-class Brooklyn, Stanwyck had various menial jobs before proceeding, via dancing in nightclubs and on Broadway, to the silver screen and stardom. Often, her roles echoed her origins on the ‘wrong side of the tracks’; they also tended to reflect her own strength of will, independence and cool intelligence. This distinctive combination might manifest itself in a go-getter, working woman, loving mother or – after the success of Double Indemnity – a manipulative femme fatale. Mostly, however, the Stanwyck persona was far from heartless; native intuition complemented a sensitive, even passionate soul. Unsurprising, then, that she worked in many genres and with many major directors. In this first half of our two-month celebration, we focus on some of her best-known roles.

Geoff Andrew

Re-release

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    Barbara Stanwyck gets more than she bargained for as a con-artist trying to swindle a handsome millionaire (Henry Fonda).

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Film notes by season co-programmers Geoff Andrew and Aga Baranowska.

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