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  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: British Film Institute (1 Oct. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844576485
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844576487
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.8 x 18.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 721,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Klevan's perceptive analysis of Stanwyck's performances is a remarkable demonstration of how a focus on acting as technique can produce new interpretations of familiar films." - Catherine Russell, Cineaste

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A lucid assessment of the films of actress Barbara Stanwyck, which explores her skilful execution in performance and her relation to the wider concerns of the classic Hollywood films she starred in

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This is a superb account of Stanwyck's art and artistry. The writing is evocative and precise; the films are summoned up by vibrant prose in every chapter. If only there were more accounts of film performance as vivid and accessible as this book offers. Five stars!
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Fascinating monograph 23 Feb. 2014
By R. Gaffney - Published on Amazon.com
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Andrew Klevan's book might be only 152 pages long, but they are dense pages, packed with information, observation and insights about a major Hollywood star and the people she worked with. I thought everything had been said about "The Lady Eve" - arguably one of the best film comedies ever made - but Mr. Klevan offers new observations and insights. His pages on Ball of Fire prompted me to take another look at it - an informative and rewarding experience. If you're looking to read a shallow, 'pop culture' piece on Barbara Stanwyck, this book isn't for you; BUT, if you're willing to spend time with a highly intelligent, articulate observer, by all means, buy this book!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Superb and stimulating! 16 Oct. 2014
By A dog named smith - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a striking portrait of a wonderful actor. The writing is pin-sharp, eloquent and vivid. It brings to life, and illuminates, so many moments of Stanwyck's extraordinary talent. I have no clue why the previous reviewer misguidedly focused on Freudian theory; Klevan is far more subtle and probing in his accounts of the films than this suggests. I recommend this entertaining and accessible book to everyone interested in good film criticism. Five stars!
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Fascinating stuff. 16 Oct. 2014
By Surrey Forever - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fascinating book. I didn't know much about Stanwyck or the way film performance could be interpreted, but now feel I have gained lots of insight on both counts. Anyone who loves films, and talking about them, will enjoy this book.
This is a very interesting read if you are interested ... 11 Feb. 2015
By Isabella - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very interesting read if you are interested to looking further into Barbara Stanwyck's acting styles. However this is not any sort of biography. It focuses on a few of her films and really delves into the characters she portrays and makes one really appreciate her acting ability.
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Don't be put off by the negative review... 17 Oct. 2014
By W - Published on Amazon.com
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Quite contrary to the bizarrely negative and rude review, this book is far from academically obscure. I'm not an academic but I really enjoyed it. I appreciated the way it distills the debates around the films in a clear fashion. It balances the different views while offering original perspectives. It mostly concentrates on the quality and delivery of Stanwyck's performances - how she moves and speaks etc - with barely a Freudian reference in sight (her comedies have more Freudian references than this book!). It made me love Stanwyck all the more because it carefully explains why her behavior in the films is powerful and expressive.
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