Definitivamente, buena película, pero también muy prejuiciosa (ese final de mujeres abnegadas y la identidad rústica desplazada). Stanwyck es la mujer "aunque se vista de seda...", campechana, ciertamente, algo una madre poco tradicional, pero, a fin de cuentas, una madre, que de pronto se verá enfrentada a un estilo de vida que la hija abraza. No se trata aquí de mejores oportunidades, sino de "mejor" estilo de vida
It's far for being one of the best Vidor's work, still is a magnificent film and he completely broke my heart. Just a few women I could compare to Barbara Stanwyck (All that heaven allows, Imitation of Life, Mamma Roma, Mater Dolorosa or Mildred Pierce are rare exception), still is hard to find a more beautiful film about motherhood.
One of Stanwyck's great performances. Very few can match her. Contemporary actresses intellectualize (sometimes brilliantly) but Stanwyck just lives it. I think her closest modern equivalent is Debra Winger, who isn't so modern anymore. Maybe Jennifer Lawrence, a bit?
Interesting in anthropological and social terms, though I didn't feel the lead female character was very strong at all. The crescendo building up at the beginning of the film, with Stella dreaming outside of her bounds, only led to show her superficial nature right until the end. But the developing mother-daughter relationship is really beautiful to watch, particularly the lesson on self-sacrifice.
First rate melodrama underpinned by a wry critique of the idle rich and their conventions. A heartbreaking tale of wisdom painfully won by a social climber at odds with the confining and contradictory rules of the elite. Despite all the trappings of excess, less indeed seems to be more in this world. In stark contrast, Stella conspicuously bubbles over with elan, life and love for her daughter. Stanwyck is stunning.