Today in Barbara Stanwyck

From December 6-31, Film Forum is featuring a retrospective of Ms. Stanwyck’s outstanding body of work, including my favorites Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity, and Meet John Doe. Victoria Wilson, the author of the new Stanwyck biography, Steel True, will be present at selected screenings.

Today in Cate Blanchett

You just have to hope that [Woody Allen] has written your name on a little scrap of paper somewhere and that one day he will call and say: “I’ve got a script I want you to read.”

Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton

First Catherine Deneuve, then La Famiglia Coppola, then Michelle Williams. According to Louis Vuitton, she was selected for her “independent spirit” and the way she “forged her path through the Hollywood star system.” I love it! She works it like the rent is due tomorrow.

Pier Paolo Pasolini@MoMA: Mamma Roma (1962)

Part social critique, part melodrama and entirely thrilling, this is probably one of Pasolini’s most mainstream and “linear” films, much closer in theme and feel to his Italian neo-realist peers. As with many of these films, the sacrifices the women make for their men lead to tragedy but, more important, serve to illustrate their fearlessness…