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585 Ratings

All I Desire

Directed by Douglas Sirk
United States, 1953


In 1900, Naomi Murdoch deserted her small-town family to go on the stage. Some ten years later, daughter Lily invites Naomi back to see her in the Riverdale high school play.

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All I Desire Directed by Douglas Sirk

Critics reviews

It stars Barbara Stanwyck in the first of two films [she and Sirk] made together and, in both of these films, she conveys the burden of the past, of a personal history that has burned painful wisdom into her soul. She comes off as a woman who has lived; and, in both, she utters the word “No” with a distinctive, unforgettably round-pointed vowel that she tears from her throat like a worldly, dignified, ladylike cry.
January 02, 2013
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All I Desire, a modest work in some ways, displays the essentials of Sirk’s perfected style—dramatic high-contrast lighting . . . , supple camera work combined with a considerable amount of movement within the frame, and unashamedly emotional acting so marked by sincerity that it never feels unnatural.
April 09, 2018
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