All That Heaven Allows

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Shown: December 15, 2024 at 6pm

Director : Douglas Sirk

Country : USA

Release Date : 1955

Duration : 89 mins

Language : English

Subtitles : No

The films follows the blossoming love between a well-off widow (Jane Wyman) and her handsome younger gardener (Rock Hudson). When their romance prompts the scorn of her children and country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others. With the help of ace cinematographer Russell Metty, Sirk imbues nearly every shot with a vivid and distinct emotional tenor. A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, All That Heaven Allows is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.

A masterpiece by one of the most inventive and recondite directors ever to work in Hollywood.” (Dave Kehr – Chicago Reader)