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Big screen classics

All That Heaven Allows

Douglas Sirk’s tale of a ‘controversial’ romance is a scathing attack on American conformism and materialism.

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USA 1955
Dir Douglas Sirk
With Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Conrad Nagel
Certificate U

This visually luscious account of the romance between a widow and her gardener – disapproved of by her children and friends due to his youthfulness and social standing – mounts a scathing attack on the conformist values of postwar America. Sirk’s dark sense of irony was never sharper than in a devastating scene featuring a television; the film inspired Fassbinder and Todd Haynes among others.

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