All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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?
Am reminded of a George Carlin joke - "the best thing about living on the beach is that you only have assholes coming at you from three sides."
Douglas Sirk said that films need violence, a statement that some may find surprising, especially considering this one: an admittedly sappy melodrama about seemingly impossible love. But I think the most violent act in his films is a subtle (though effective) one that can be found within the so-called happy ending. He fulfills 50s Hollywood's need for perfectly wrapped up conclusion where everything is right and nothing is left unresolved- or at least this is what it's disguised as.
When the rest of the film is steeped in social problems and conflict, simply tying it up by having the protagonist follow their heart and topping it off by making it sickenly visually beautiful to the point of total falsity is…
I've been trying to come up with ways to condense what I want to say about this, but there's so much that it seems impossible to do, particularly between tasks at work, which is where I do most of my writing these days for better or worse (definitely the latter). But I'm still thinking about the way Sirk paints the frame with color and light, and the way something as simple as a television set can be a massive imposing presence in a room, sucking all the life out of it (and how Sirk angles it so that it reflects the flame in the fireplace, reasserting its presence). And just everything about the final shot. It's too much to put into words.
"It's all so pointless"
A deer in the snow
Never before have white people
Suffered so beautifully
Mona is a ginormous bitch
Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story has said that the series latest incarnation: Freak Show, was heavily inspired by Douglas Sirk's films and in particular his melodramas. Murphy may have been specifically pointing to this movie as both works deal with acceptance of the different or strange in modern society. There are two characters in American Horror Story: Freak Show that I think are very much inspired by Douglas Sirk movies and that would be the Gloria Mott character played by Frances Conroy and her son Dandy played by Finn Wittrock. In fact, I believe he took the name of the Conroy character from the actress who plays Cary's daughter Kay (Gloria Talbott). As well the show itself…
Yes, the movie and acting are a lil outdated and cheesy but my god, I wish I could live in technicolor. The movie is absolutely gorgeous and deals with some interesting themes for the 50's and other what others think can ruin your own happiness. The movie is short and a joy to watch. You can definitely see the influences for films like Pleasantville, Far from Heaven and other modern films set in the 50's dramas.
A good looking upper class widow in her 40's falls in love with a younger man who makes a living & enjoys working as a gardener. This difference in age and social status is frowned upon by the locals and the woman's two adult children. A beautiful looking film from Douglas Sirk that beneath its melodramatic surface is critical of 1950's small town America.
Wonderfully over the top!
There were some emotional parts that I liked and I enjoyed the social commentary I wish we had more time with these characters to watch them develop more...
Holy subtext Batman my first Douglas Sirk movie just knocked me on my ass. As with every Rock Hudson picture the actor's personal affairs help elevate his pictures to something for more personal and compelling. In taking with true melodramatic fashion Sirk captures a wide array of repression and emotional hardship in the lens of hyper colored Hollywood trickery. There's some dark magic to this picture.
An interesting social observation, but the short running time and lack of character sympathy creates difficulties in forging empathic concern for the protagonist. It has undoubtedly, unfortunately and perhaps predictably lost its bite over the decades; but nevertheless through the strength of the story and direction it still proves to be engaging, and despite a trite Hollywood ending, is watchable and enjoyable throughout.
I don't think I've ever seen such transcendental imagery and storytelling in a melodrama before. The scenery in this film contains unrivaled pastoral beauty. Its opulence without overbearing complexity. So much time and effort went into the lighting and staging of this film that every thematic concern the story muses over is contained within the compositions of the shot.
The story itself is not one that precedes its reputation. Its pure and fundamental melodrama through and through, but that is not a criticism rather a warning for the majorly cynical. This story is not realistic. This is forced at points. This story does value poeticism over anything else.
Beautiful and romantic. A tribute to the cycles of nature and its effects on the human mind. A meditation on beauty and wealth. A perfect film to watch at the end of summer and the beginning of autumn
first of all this movie is prefect.
it has so much layers to it, its a story about lonliness, small town mentallty and yes its above all love story
- A Trip to the Moon
- The Great Train Robbery
- The Birth of a Nation
- Les Vampires
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Grand Illusion
- Seven Samurai
- The Lady Vanishes
- The 400 Blows
The entire Criterion collection organized by spine number.
I don't know why I did this.
Number I've Seen: 165/743