All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows ★★★★★

I feel like this movie was made just for me. And that feels so good.

I don't know how much I want to say right now, but I think over the next few months I'm going to keep rewatching this and digging more out of it but then work towards a complete beat by beat breakdown in Christmas time.

But for now I'll say...Douglas Sirk; wow. The colors. The composition. Stunning. The score? Unbelievable. One of the best ever. Both from a sense of pure musicality as well as use of leit motifs and symbolic notes telling the story too. Rock Hudson is so ridiculously charismatic and poignant, and Jane Wyman is so pure, emotive, and genuinely sexy in this performance.

It's such a violent retaliation against the American idealism of the 1950's as well. Genuinely treads into horror/thriller territory about society and control, while never losing its ground as just a gorgeous romantic soap melodrama. A perfect movie, and that's not an exaggeration.

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