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Big screen classics

All That Heaven Allows

When an upstanding woman falls in love with her gardener it causes a scandal in the neighbourhood.

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

A middle-class widow finds her loneliness assuaged by the company of her slightly younger, slightly bohemian gardener, but her children and friends are scandalised at the thought of any romance. Sirk’s exquisitely subdued melodrama offers a scathing attack on the stultifying conformism of the American Dream; the precise visuals, the eloquent symbolism, the nuanced performances and cruel ironies pack a surprisingly powerful punch.

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