All That Heaven Allows
Dir. Douglas Sirk. 1955. 89 mins. 35mm. With Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead. German-born Douglas Sirk is revered as American cinema’s most expressive director of melodrama, and this is perhaps his greatest overall achievement, a tale about a good-hearted, upper-middle-class widow (Wyman) who must deal with the dissaproval of her neighbors and family when she falls for her handsome—and much younger—gardener (Hudson). Wielding a gorgeous Technicolor palette, Sirk emotionally lays bare the small-mindedness lurking behind the veneer of suburban America.
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