V’17: OCTOBER 19 – NOVEMBER 2, 2017

All that Heaven Allows

V' 16

All that Heaven Allows

Douglas Sirk
USA, 1955
88min, OF

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All that Heaven Allows

Douglas Sirk
USA, 1955
, 88min, OF

Actors: 
Jane Wyman
Cary Scott
Rock Hudson
Ron Kirby
Agnes Moorehead
Sara Warren
Conrad Nagel
Harvey
Screenplay: 
Peg Fenwick
Sound: 
Lesley Carey
Camera: 
Russell Metty
Editor: 
Frank Gross
Composer: 
Frank Skinner
Decoration: 
Alexander Golitzen
Eric Orbom
Costume: 
Bill Thomas

Production: 
Universal-international Pictures
Format: 
35 mm
Color
based on the novel by Edna L. Lee and Harry Lee

Objects play their own significant part in expressing the emotions blocked by convention in small-town, middle-class 50’s America. Sirk creates a cinema in which the screen itself speaks more articulately than the protagonists, tongue-tied as they are by the codes of their fictional setting , the powers of censorship in Hollywood at the time, and the norms of the family melodrama genre. Out of these constraints, Sirk builds his film, while also using a typically melodramatic score to punctuate points and to accompany the tones of the actors’ voices. (Laura Mulvey)

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