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All That Heaven Allows
How much does Heaven Allow a Woman in Love?
Friends and family want a rich widow to end her romance with a tree surgeon about 15 years her junior.
i braced myself for disappointment at the start of this vaunted classic i've been dodging for years-- but i needn't have worried. it seems that growing up in soulless white suburbia, reading thoreau as a kid and knowing there was something- anything- beyond the nightmare of bourgeois conformity was just preparing me for this moment. i'm still stunned at how hard it hit me. my parents never understood but sirk did, and long before i was born
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A deer enters the scene during the final image, as if to suggest that this union of widow Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) and Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson), her former gardener turned tree farmer, has been enshrined by God and Nature. Melodrama is a genre uniquely capable of fashioning such transcendental pairings, couples that simply must be together, and Sirk cultivates images of his couple that take them out of the coarse, material world and raise them up, turning them into icons, situating them in tableaux that would be familiar to the great religious painters of the Renaissance. He will either join them together against a natural backdrop of some sort, the kind that evokes the pastoralia of the great Romantic…
"Cary, let's face it: you were ready for a love affair, but not for love."
Lately I've been fascinated with melodrama, in particular the way its priorities differ from the expectations of what we might loosely refer to as a "good film". In general, we seem to want relatable characters in realistic situations which in turn evoke an emotional response; but in melodrama, everything is backwards. As Sidney Lumet once said, "In a well-written drama, the story comes out of the characters. The characters in a well-written melodrama come out of the story." Perhaps this is why the term has come to take on pejorative connotations in recent years: in melodrama, emotion comes first, even if it's at the expense…
there truly is no sacrifice quite like that of a mother's
aka moms are so fuckin cool & underrated im sorry mom you rule
God, the production design and cinematography, yes, and the withering portrait of repressive values, but sometimes I think that the artistic virtues of Sirk, of which there are many, are stressed as a means of justifying his chosen field of women's pictures, when even on a script level this is such a compelling movie, and so forcefully acted that its subtext, however key to the picture, is still the subtext under a direct swirl of emotions. It's all great, is what I'm saying. Why has it taken me so long to really dig into Sirk?
Living a somewhat secluded life away from the city. Detesting those who care about what others think of them. Owing a small tree nursery. Inhabiting an abandoned watermill. That lumberjack shirt… Ron is the original hipster, and with his *deep manly voice that makes lady parts in a mile radius tingle* even I understood Cary’s temptations — heck, my girlfriend certainly did! If they had cut this off fifteen minutes earlier, it would have been one of the most (unnecessarily) cruel films; glad they spared her that fate.
I loved this story. Really, I just loved the two main characters - everyone else made me mad.
I don't think I've ever yelled at a movie so much before. It's incredible how effortlessly this movie got me to be so emotionally involved.
Sincerity is a form of protest.
"She doesn't want to make up her own mind; no girl does. She wants you to make it up for her."
we watched this in film class after learning about colors cause it has some beautiful work going for it there. like for example the scene where Rock Hudson gets out of the car and Jane's inside and the outside is all tinged in blue light (a cold wintery landscape) whereas the house had this light, warm golden and brown shine (homely interior, safe space).
I loved how this poked fun at the traditional images and chlichés forced on people at the time, especially women haha. YOU GO CARY. costumes were very nice and the music really stood out for me, I liked it a lot! still I got bored when it came kind of to a standstill about halfway in and some characters were just so unnecessary.
Oh how I love love
wow didn't know jane wyman invented being a woman
Melodramatic to a fault, this moving rendition of a 50's romance unfitting to society is alarmingly resonant to these days. Bonus points for the quiet charm of Rock Hudson.
I can't shoot straight anymore.
Oh the joys, tribulations, and cattiness of repressed 1950s America.
In all seriousness, Sirk crafts a gorgeous and fiery condemnation of all that post-war Americana held dear: materialism, common niceties, and, of course, the still present hollow attack on anything that dare upend societal norms in the slightest, "family values".
Cary is a woman who, from the first frame, rejects these values wholly. She keeps her living room bereft of a television set, steadily grows coarser to the pressures of her neighbors, and raises her beautifully manicured middle finger to the hushed and horrified whispers that *gasp* Ron is younger and poorer than her. She's a single mother taking care of two college students -…
All That Heaven Allows is magnificent, even when it's values are archaic. We've seen many of these same themes and tropes before, mostly in films made long after this, but none tell these stories with the same painstaking excellence as Douglas Sirk. The color pallette feels seasonal and looks stunning, especially where the vivid blues of winter snow storms contrast with radiant yellows inside warm homes. The lighting captures the lonely, longing mood of Fall. Most of all, the beautiful, impressionistic landscapes steal the show. Shots of the mill in the rolling hills look like a painting come to life. Visually striking and purely romantic, All That Heaven Allows is impossible to look away from, is the absolute perfect film for November, and is one of the most incredible pieces of art I've seen.
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