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Stella Dallas [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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The story, briefly, is of the eponymous heroine. Born and brought up in a small American hick town, she has airs and graces above her station in life and, acting upon those airs, gets married to a man from a higher social echelon. However, the marriage is blighted by the fact that Stella, for all her airs of superiority to her humble background, has a streak of vulgarity which stops her rising to the social heights that she feel she was born to - she constantly embarrasses her husband by dropping social gaffes and inadvertently making a fool of herself and, by extension, him.
She becomes pregnant and gives birth to a daughter. However, even this is unable to save the marriage - they drift apart, he to a new career in New York, her to a blowsy life of disappointed ambition, financed by his payments to her - alimony in all but name.
Time passes and their daughter, whom Stella has kept and brought up alone, grows into a young woman who takes after her father - cultured, articulate and clearly designed for the finer things in life. Her efforts at social advancement are constantly (and excruciatingly) frustrated by her mother, until she goes to live with her father in New York. The child is torn between her desire for a better life - in the bosom of her father's adopted step-family, where she is truly happy - and her love for her mother.Read more ›
I love this movie and cry from beginning to end!
Barbara Stanwyck is truly wonderful as the brash, no style, Stella!
No offence meant to Bette Midler, however in my opinion her re-make cannot even begin to touch this original.
Also, for another example of unselfish mother love (with a completely different type of daughter!), I would direct those who may be interested (as I think may have been mentioned by a previous reviewer) to the original film Mildred Pierce starring Joan Crawford. Again, no offence meant to Kate Winslet, however in my opinion her re-make cannot even begin to touch the original either.
Really good quality -can't do anything but to recommend it to everybody, and especially to a Stanwyck fan
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Unfortunately the words said by the actors and actresses came after their lips moved. Didn't watch the whole film, it drove me mad.Published 3 months ago by CL
So disappointed with this dvd. I love Stella with Bette Midler and wanted to see the original. It was not cheap and the acting is so ham and OTT. Read morePublished 14 months ago by annette