Dream Palace

Magnificent Obsession

Rock Hudson stars as a playboy who sets out on the road to redemption.

Image from Magnificent Obsession

USA 1954
Dir Douglas Sirk
With Jane Wyman, Rock Hudson, Agnes Moorehead, Otto Kruger
35mm (Technicolor print preserved in the BFI National Archive)
Certificate U

With unabashed melodrama and sumptuous colour, Magnificent Obsession is among Douglas Sirk’s best-known films, and features an early starring role for Rock Hudson as a playboy who sets upon a road to redemption with twists and coincidence at every corner. Sirk’s films have provided inspiration for many, including Todd Haynes and Rainer Werner Fassbinder, whose Fear Eats the Soul provides the second film in this double bill.

Joint ticket available with Fear Eats the Soul £15, concs £12 (Members pay £2 less.)

The screening on Sun 23 May will be introduced by Heather Stewart, BFI Creative Director.