Sunday, February 13, 2011

Baby Face (1933)


Barbara Stanwyck plays Lily Powers, a young ambitious woman who leaves her father’s sleazy bar business in hopes of trying to make it on her own. Her mentor convinces her, based on Nietzsche’s teachings, to use her body and sexual personality to con men into getting what she wants. Now she has worker her way up the corporate ladder, but when her game throws her into a love triangle she begins to think about what she has done to get to where she is. For the time the film was very risqué but by today’s standards it’s quite lighthearted. It was a very compelling drama that makes you feel a little dirty about Lily. The film is short and gets right to the point and it made me guess what could happen so that everything works out in the end.

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