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Dr Andrew Klevan, Lecturer in Film Studies at the University of Oxford, UK, discusses the rationale behind his recent book on Hollywood film star Barbara Stanwyck (London: BFI/Palgrave, 2013) with Film Studies For Free. He also talks about some of the issues that arise when film performance is the object of study, around intention and attribution of agency and value.

Stanwyck's illustrious career began in the 1920s and spanned sixty years. During that period she starred in major films of many genres and worked with some of the most distinguished Hollywood directors. Devoting each chapter of his monograph to a significant quality of Stanwyck's performances, Klevan foregrounds crucial scenes from her exemplary films, including Stella Dallas (1937), The Lady Eve (1941), and Double Indemnity (1944). Through the lens of her achievement, Klevan examines the wider concerns of these films while revisiting classic topics from Film Studies - psychoanalysis, medium reflexivity, and the representation of female roles such as the 'sacrificial mother' and the 'femme fatale'. In paying close attention to the various aspects of Stanwyck's skilfully executed performances, this book enhances familiar understandings and aims to provide fresh illumination.

Read the accompanying entry "Magnifying Mirror: On Barbara Stanwyck and Film Performance Studies" at Film Studies For Free. And watch a short video essay on Stanwyck's performance in the mirror sequence of Stella Dallas here.

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