Criterion Collection Spine #95
Could their love survive the scrutiny of judgment all around them?
"You know what everyone said ... No, but I'm sure you do."
Time to put my presumed dislike for melodrama to the test against the king of the genre, Director Douglas Sirk.
Definition: A melodrama is a dramatic work wherein the plot, which is typically sensational and designed to appeal strongly to the emotions, takes precedence over detailed characterization.
I think it is the sensational part of that description that has always turned me off to acting that I have considered to be melodramatic. Which for me is when performances become obnoxiously over the top, to the point of being whiny. But it was not…