Barbara Stanwyck porte ce film avec brio, une presence et une vibration que seules les grandes actrices savent produire. Elle est aidée par la remarquable mise en scène de Douglas Sirk. Le film pourrait être banal, l'histoire prévisible, le sens anecdotique et pourtant non il ne laisse rien au hasard ou à l'à peu près, comme les personnages nous collons au scénario, et le miracle se produit, on est pris.. .
Incredibly, Sirk based this story on me, despite my not even having been born yet, except with the roles of husband and wife reversed.
Fabulous gowns and tea sets notwithstanding the small town gossip is a man in a desperate attempt to avoid gender bias - so ahead of its time! I want a jumper with a big R on it. This film upsets people that would choose fame over family and cried like a cloud.
Creaky soap opera from Douglas Sirk almost saved by the performances of Barbara Stanwyck and Richard Carlson...almost. Fifties style melodrama set circa 1910 that finds a vaudevillian performer come back to the husband and children she abandoned ten years previously to find stardom only to be pursued by the man that caused her to leave before.
A typically overwrought melodrama from director Douglas Sirk, I cannot help but love his wonderful dramas. Probably deemed to be one of his lesser works, I loved it nonetheless. Barbara Stanwyck is as wonderful as ever in the lead role.
It is clearly not the best script you will find, hardly believable and too predictable but Sirk can easily transform such material into a very nice film thanks to his great codified directing. In Sirk you always have to observe carefully what the images tell you, the stairs, the mirrors are everywhere, but also how a scene is framed. That is what you call "classic Hollywood" and Stanwick shines all the way.
Middle of the road Sirk soaper saved somewhat by the usual solid Stanwyck and Carlson, in a fine non sci-fi role for him. Supposed to be a period piece, but other than the costumes, this is pure 50s Hollywood on display. So in that regard, it suffers some. Script is also a bit ho hum as well. Stanwyck and co lifts it above mediocrity. 3 stars