Monday, May 17, 2010

Stella Dallas (1937)

A young woman from a factory town succeeds in social advancement through a romantic relationship and marriage. However, the marriage is not successful, and she ends up dedicating her life to their daughter's advancement and success. [wiki]

Nominated for 2 Oscars:

Best Actress: Barbara Stanwyck
Best Supporting Actress: Anne Shirley

Is this the first King Vidor film I'm seeing? Too bad, cause it's not a worthy one. It was probably meant as a vehicle for Barbara Stanwyck, but at least they could've given her some proper material. There are tons of cheesy stuff, with some scenes acted better than others, but you need good writing for this type of character-centered drama.
Anne Shirley is quite replaceble, but I guess Stanwyck's nomination is a worthy one. Though she doesn't fully capture the essence of the character all through-out the film, she does try, creating one or two memorable acting moments. The story is repetitive in the false-suspicion kind of way and the direction... as I said, a disappointment.
My rating for the film: 5/10. It's Stanwyck who improves the material at times.


  1. Stanwyck herself thought she should have won for this one.

  2. and I'm sure she did get a couple of votes...

    Based on thr voting itself and not quality, I would say Garbo was the close runner-up based on screen legend factor and never winning.