All That Heaven Allows (1955)

Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson star in Douglas Sirk’s influential melodrama.

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Sirk’s sumptuous but scathing melodrama explores the various obstacles and objections raised by a middle-class widow’s family and friends against her blossoming relationship with a younger, vaguely bohemian gardener. The exact, exquisite compositions and colours express a stultifying sense of entrapment by social conformism, materialism and hypocrisy.

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