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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Barbara Stanwyck

ISBN 9781844576487
Publication Date October 2013
Formats Paperback 
Publisher British Film Institute
Series Film Stars

A lucid assessment of the achievements and films of actress Barbara Stanwyck. Celebrating her flexibility and range, Andrew Klevan explores Stanwyck's skilful execution in performance and her relation to the wider concerns of the classic Hollywood films she starred in, which include Stella Dallas, The Lady Eve and Double Indemnity.

Andrew Klevan is Lecturer in Films Studies at the University of Oxford, UK. He is author of Disclosure of the Everyday: Undramatic Achievement in Narrative Film and Film Performance: From Achievement to Appreciation. He is the co-editor of The Language and Style of Film Criticism, and is on the editorial boards of MOVIE - A Journal of Film Criticism and Film-Philosophy Journal.

1. Responsiveness
2. Multiplicity
3. Tonal Finesse
4. Restraint
5. Stillness
A Final Word


"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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