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2,701 Ratings

All That Heaven Allows

Directed by Douglas Sirk
United States, 1955


Attractive widow Cary Scott is considerably older than handsome gardener-landscaper Ron Kirby. Throwing conventional behaviour to the winds and facing social ostracism, Cary pursues her romance with Ron, who is unjustly perceived as a fortune-hunter by Cary’s friends and family.

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All That Heaven Allows Directed by Douglas Sirk
The digital restorations looked vibrant and beautifully sharp in their own way, but there was an unmistakeable thrill in seeing Sirk’s melodrama on a print from its time, its colours still almost deliriously, unstably lush and vivid, and wondering who else might have seen the very same print down the years (Fassbinder perhaps?).
July 31, 2015
…Sirk’s direction is expressive in ways that his characters cannot be—and that the film cannot be, either. Such emotion, to be motivated by dramatic obstacles like human weakness and indecision, dated peer pressure, and the contrivances of a notably stylized genre! It contributes to a sense of a deeper, fundamental repression, which the circumstances of Hudson’s tragic death, and the interventions of Todd Haynes’s remake Far from Heaven, only embellish.
July 30, 2014
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Its frames within frames and deliberate camera moves can be picked apart in a sophomore-level film class with the rest of them, but the film is no “either/or” text meant to read in one specific way to one demographic, and an entirely different way to the other side of the generation-gender-irony gap. It’s both rapturous and clinical, warm and cold.
June 17, 2014
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