"Steel-True" Barbara Stanwyck
November 16-21

Fifteen years in the making, Victoria Wilson has published the first volume of the full-scale astonishing life of one of America's greatest screen actresses, whose career in pictures spanned four decades beginning with the coming of sound. This is the first work to delve deeply into Stanwyck's rich, complex life and to explore her extraordinary range of 88 motion pictures, many of them iconic—her work, her world, her Hollywood through an American century.

Frank Capra called her "the greatest emotional actress the screen has yet known." She was one of its most natural, timeless and underrated stars. Now Victoria Wilson provides the most complete portrait yet of this magnificent actress.


Book Event:
Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940," will appear for sales and signing of her book at select shows on Nov. 16 & 17, see listings below for details.

All tickets $5!

AFI Member passes accepted at all screenings in the Stanwyck series.


THE PURCHASE PRICE

* Discussion and book signing by Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940"

Fed up with the fast life, nightclub singer Barbara Stanwyck quits Manhattan first for Montreal, then a North Dakota wheat farm, impulsively taking another woman's place in a mail-order bride arrangement. Stanwyck and stubborn farmer George Brent don't hit it off right away—she locks him out on their wedding night—but the two grow fonder of each other over time, sharing in the chores and enduring a hard winter together. But their arranged marriage is put to the ultimate test when Stanwyck's wiseguy ex Lyle Talbot blows into town.

DIR William A. Wellman; SCR Robert Lord, from the novel "The Mud Lark" by Arthur Stringer. US, 1932, b&w, 68 min. NOT RATED.

Preservation print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Sat, Nov 16, 1:00*

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THE BITTER TEA OF GENERAL YEN
80th Anniversary!

* Discussion and book signing by Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940"

Banned in Britain! Director Frank Capra's exotic adventure drops missionary Barbara Stanwyck into a chaotic and brutal China, run by dueling warlords and competing Western interests. Evacuated from Shanghai and rescued by General Yen (Swedish silent star Nils Asther, heavily made up and magnetic on screen), Stanwyck finds her Western preconceptions and naive idealism challenged by Yen's wit, and her defenses completely topple during one of the screen's most erotically charged dream sequences.

DIR/PROD Frank Capra; SCR Edward E. Paramore, Jr., from a story by Grace Zaring Stone; PROD Walter Wanger. US, 1933, b&w, 88 min. NOT RATED

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Sat, Nov 16, 4:00*

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BABY FACE
80th Anniversary!
Restored 35mm print of the pre-Code classic!
The uncut, uncensored version

* Discussion and book signing by Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940"

"In four fabulous years before a strict Motion Picture Code put the cap on audacity, Warner Bros. produced a gallery of rude, saucy films. No actor was as tough as Barbara Stanwyck, and no actress used womanly wiles with an intelligence so cool and cutting. In this invigorating film, Stanwyck escapes to New York from an Erie, Pennsylvania, speakeasy where her father rented her out to customers. In a big-city bank, she sleeps her way to the top, leaving a heap of discarded men (and one or two corpses). Even in a version pruned for the New York state censors, BABY FACE was the definitive pre-Code statement of how the Depression created a new morality of no morality. Now the missing five minutes have been restored, and we see how the movie snarled every bit as brazenly as Stanwyck did." –Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine.

DIR Alfred E. Green; SCR Gene Markey, Kathryn Scola; PROD William LeBaron. US, 1933, b&w, 76 min. NOT RATED

Preservation print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Sun, Nov 17, 1:00*; Tue, Nov 19, 5:15

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ILLICIT

* Discussion and book signing by Victoria Wilson, author of "A Life of Barbara Stanwyck: Steel-True 1907-1940"

In this pre-Code romance, free-spirited socialite Barbara Stanwyck practically lives with beau James Rennie, and defiantly doesn't care about marriage; however, his family does, and in time she bows to pressure to make it official. But, just as she feared, their union goes stale and eventually they're seeing other people, and she moves out. It's only once they are back on separate turf that these two strong-willed individuals see the plain fact that they belong together!

DIR Archie Mayo; SCR Harvey F. Thew, from the play by Edith Fitzgerald and Robert Riskin; PROD Darryl F. Zanuck. US, 1931, b&w, 85 min. NOT RATED

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Sun, Nov 17, 3:20*; Mon, Nov 18, 5:00

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REMEMBER THE NIGHT

When shoplifter Barbara Stanwyck gets pinched for lifting a diamond bracelet during Christmastime in New York, it's assistant DA Fred MacMurray's job to send the third-time offender to the big house. With the case postponed until after Christmas, MacMurray floats Stanwyck bail money so she can go home for the holidays—with him, it turns out. Misadventure, mirth and a little holiday magic bring the two together, but there's still that day in court.

DIR/PROD Mitchell Leisen; SCR Preston Sturges. US, 1940, b&w, 94 min. NOT RATED

Preservation print courtesy of the Library of Congress.

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Sun, Nov 17, 5:30; Wed, Nov 20, 5:15

All tickets $5!