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Barbara Stanwyck

All I Desire

Douglas Sirk’s drama tells of a successful actress called home by her estranged daughter.

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USA 1953
Dir Douglas Sirk
With Barbara Stanwyck, Richard Carlson, Lyle Bettger, Maureen O’Sullivan
Certificate U

In the early 1900s, an actor (Stanwyck) is beseeched by her estranged daughter (herself dreaming of stardom) to revisit their small-town home and the husband and family she abandoned years earlier – and that’s when gossip, conflict and forgotten passions flare up. Stanwyck brilliantly suggests the protagonist’s mixed emotions, while Sirk’s clear-eyed analysis of the shortcomings of bourgeois mores and the complex undercurrents of family life is razor-sharp.


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