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Earlier reports that Greek filmmaker Michael Cacoyannis' Stella was based on Olive Higgins Prouty's Stella Dallas were derived from misleading contemporary reviews. In fact, all that that Cacoyannis film has in common with the Prouty novel is the fact that both are centered around a strong, fiercely independent female protagonist. Melina Mercouri plays the film's title character, an intensely passionate girl who falls out of love with her many beaux the minute they start talking about marriage and commitment. Ultimately, Stella comes to grief when one of her more ardent suitors decides that, if he can't have her, no one can. Adapted from his own stage play by Iakovos Kambanellis, Stella was filmed in 1955, but did not attain a widespread American release until 1957. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


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  • Embora não julgue Mercouri particularmente atraente (um elemento importante do filme), devo reconhecer que sua Stella é uma figura de vivacidade incontestável.

    Feb 3, 2004 | Rating: 3/5

Audience Reviews for Stella

  • Sep 17, 2011
    Melina Mercouri is the fierce fire of classic tragedies in Greek cinema, the fire that can only be barely controlled with dynamite! the character of Stella has all the sensual and liberal features that seduced the Italians in the 60s and that would be easily banned in Egypt back in the 50s under the direction of Youssef Chahine. Even so, Kakogiannis' statement is a touching tragedy that accentuates the true meaning of female freedom with honesty in time of man's dominion in traditions such as marriage. Now, I may even be generalizing a societal aspect that I do not know that deeply especially in Europe; however, Stella's surrounding environment speaks for itself. 99/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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