Ball of Fire
Sam Fuller’s wildly Freudian Western—brilliantly blatant in its conflation of sex, violence, and power and its “perversion” of the Western’s usual treatment of all three—stars Barbara Stanwyck as a “high-ridin’ woman with a whip.
Barbara Stanwyck and Fred MacMurray rekindle an old flame in Douglas Sirk’s melodrama that “demolishes the social fantasy of the ‘happy home’” (Time Out). Stanwyck beautifully conveys the ambivalence of an ethical person who wants what she can’t have.
Barbara Stanwyck’s peroxide blonde is the archetype of the noir femme fatale in Billy Wilder’s gleefully cynical tale of murder and insurance fraud, which was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Stanwyck for Best Actress.
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Showgirl Barbara Stanwyck gives naive encyclopedist Gary Cooper lessons in slang, and love, in Howard Hawks’s comedy classic, named to the National Film Registry in 2016.
Starring Barbara Stanwyck as a card sharp who plays naive ale heir Henry Fonda not once but twice, Preston Sturges’s comedy of innocence and experience is “one of the most liberatingly funny films ever made” (New Yorker).
In the ultimate 1930s “women’s weepie,” directed by King Vidor, Barbara Stanwyck sacrifices everything to give her daughter a shot at respectability, earning herself an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.
Barbara Stanwyck sleeps her way to the top in this notorious pre-Code saga; shown here with the censored scenes reinstated, “it has to be seen to be not quite believed” (New York Times).