Ball of Fire: Barbara Stanwyck

January 14–February 26, 2022

Barbara Stanwyck was the screen archetype of the independent woman, with her wits about her, alert, and often on the make. This spotlight showcases many of her best roles and demonstrates her remarkable talent.

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  • Ball of Fire

  • Baby Face

  • Double Indemnity

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  • Double Indemnity

    Billy Wilder
    United States, 1944
    • Friday, January 14 7 PM
    • Saturday, February 12 7 PM

    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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  • Baby Face

    Alfred E. Green
    United States, 1933
    • Sunday, January 16 4:30 PM

    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).

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  • Stella Dallas

    King Vidor
    United States, 1937

    35mm Archival Print

    • Saturday, January 22 4:30 PM

    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.

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  • The Lady Eve

    Preston Sturges
    United States, 1941
    • Sunday, January 30 5 PM

    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).

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  • Ball of Fire

    Howard Hawks
    United States, 1941

    35mm Archival Print

    • Friday, February 4 7 PM

    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.

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  • There’s Always Tomorrow

    Douglas Sirk
    United States, 1956
    • Saturday, February 19 7 PM

    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.

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  • Forty Guns

    Samuel Fuller
    United States, 1957
    • Saturday, February 26 7 PM

    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.

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