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All that Heaven Allows – 1955 – English

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All that Heaven Allows - 1955 - English


All that Heaven Allows – 1955 – English

Film directed in 1955 by Douglas Sirk, and starring Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel, Leigh Snowden, William Reynolds, Charles Drake, Virginia Grey, Gloria Talbott…


Synopsis: Cary Scott is a widow with two grown children. She’s been leading a quiet life since her husband died, socializing with a small circle of friends. Her children no longer live with her full-time but come home every weekend. She’s not unhappy but also doesn’t realize how bored she is. Her friend Sara Warren encourages her to get a television set to keep her company but she doesn’t want that either. She develops a friendship with Ron Kirby who owns his own nursery and comes every spring and fall to trim her trees. Ron is much younger than Cary and their friendship soon turns to love. Her circle of friends are surprised that she is seeing such a younger man and she might be prepared to overlook that – Ron certainly doesn’t care about the differences in their ages – but when her son and daughter vehemently object, she decides to sacrifice her own feelings for their happiness. Over time however, she realizes that her children will be spending less and less time with her as they pursue their…


Review: Amazingly fantastic film that I went gaga over today. I had never seen any of Douglas Sirk’s movies up til today, and boy, was “All That Heaven Allows” a great introduction! The film follows the romance of Cary (played by Jane Wyman) and Ron (Rock Hudson). Cary is a well-off widower who somehow falls in love with her gardener much to her surprise. The problem that she has to overcome of course, is What Will The Neighbors Think? Yes, boys and girls, we have the classic 50’s scandal. An older woman being with a younger man!! OK, let it be known that I LOVED this movie. Jane Wyman is fantastic here, and Rock Hudson? Well, what can I say? I can fully understand why he was considered a hug heartthrob in his day. Sure the plot is totally overblown and melodramatic, but I don’t care, because Wyman and Hudson make it work so well, and have so much chemistry together.

It’s so easy to watch this film and see how much Sirk influenced other directors, even though he was quite ridiculed for the same influences, his camera work, and especially his lighting choices you can see in a myriad of other movies since (see of course, the ultimate salute to him, Far From Heaven as an excellent example).

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