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A black and white image of a well dressed man peering on a woman


Presented by the Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI

Stella Dallas

Unclassified 15+
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

9 Mar

A working-class woman marries a wealthy society man yet can never fully infiltrate his world, a gulf put into stark relief after the birth of their daughter (Anne Shirley). Vidor’s film, based on the novel by Olive Higgins Prouty and previously adapted in the 1920s, is at once a tearjerker and a biting social critique of a society obsessed with class and social climbing.

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  • Earning her a Best Actress Oscar nomination, this was Stanwyck’s favourite role and it’s easy to see why – beneath the vulgar exterior lies a vulnerable and tragically self-sacrificing woman.

    Print courtesy of the Academy Film Archive.

    “The picture is all Stanwyck’s, and worth seeing for her brassy, touching, all-out performance (possibly her greatest)” – Pauline Kael