The fact that all the weight gets mounted on the woman’s shoulders for having 'left' her children for a second younger husband overshadows her children’s own sigh of relief for being able to shrug off the strict and polite memory they owe to their father – only after Cary slightly shakes and ‘desecrates’ the idol aka introduces a new piece in the stuck domino game of her private life do children summon the courage to
it´s perfect right from the opening scene with autumn colors and rock hudson smile (and the way he says "you´ve changed your mind" ofc she has!) and the snow and the old mill and that big bright wonderful window and her red dress and her black dress and how handsome he was in the suit and she came home and i´m so happy!!!
One can only admire Douglas visual control. he treat props, lightning and interior-exterior as if it's the 'real character' and 'human characters' as banal subject. even more fascinating because he made that in Hollywood.
Directed by the inimitable classical Hollywood filmmaker, Douglas Sirk, and shot by famed cinematographer Russell Metty, All That Heaven Allows displays much of what there is to love about the so called Golden era: affable characters, striking painterly colours provided by Technicolor, and an inspiring tale of love and tragedy.
Sorry, folks, I am not jumping on the bandwagon for this one. I was so prepared to like it, having loved "Ali: Fear Eats The Soul", but it is testament to Fassbinder's genius that he was able to turn this mid-century Hollywood schmaltz into a work of art. This was slightly better than a Doris Day pic. The music, ugh. The colors, nauseating. The acting-typical Hollywood. I hope Sirk's other films are better than this!
"Desire" list. This is the movie where the secret Hudson slips of his usual photographic model registration for a versatility made, mainly, of affection and vulnerability - after all, the character that would worth more attention from gender studies after his mediatic death. In fact, this gardener with checked shirts is one of the most perennial icons of male beauty of twilight's Hollywood.
One of my absolute favourite romances, and possibly even one of my favourite films. Endearing, visually stunning, wonderfully acted and directed and I just love the feel of it, the beauty of the autumnal trees and the winter snow just made me feel warm inside. A classic 5/5