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Title:
All that heaven allows
Author:
Sirk, Douglas, 1897-1987, film director.
Publication Information:
[Irvington, NY] : The Criterion Collection, [2014]

©2014
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
Summary:
The film follows the blossoming love between a well-off suburban widow and her handsome and earthy younger gardener. After their romance prompts the scorn of her selfish children and snooty country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others.
General Note:
Based on the story by Edna L. Lee & Harry Lee.

Originally produced as a motion picture in 1955.

Special features include audio commentary, Rock Hudson's home movies, essay film by Mark Rappaport, French television interview with Douglas Sirk from 1982, excerpts from Behind the Mirror, a profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary, Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview, trailer.
Language:
English
Added Uniform Title:
All that heaven allows (Motion picture)
ISBN:
9781604658446
UPC:
715515117319
Format :
Blu-Ray

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A story of the blossoming love between a well-off suburban widow and her handsome and earthy younger gardener. After their romance prompts the scorn of her selfish children and snooty country club friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence for the sake of the approval of others.


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Library Journal Review

Fassbinder (The Marriage of Maria Braun) offers one of his most approachable early works with Ali, a stylized May-December romance between a drab, middle-aged cleaning lady (Brigitte Mira) and a handsome Moroccan mechanic (El Hedi ben Salem) many years her junior. Relatives, friends, and others register disapproval for a variety of reasons, not the least of which is race. An avowed admirer of Hollywood melodrama practitioner Sirk, Fassbinder intends Ali (1974) as homage to Heaven (1955), in which a good-looking gardener (Rock Hudson) gets involved with an older, well-to-do widow (Jane Wyman). Society's disapproval of class differences account for much of the prejudice here. Among the many thought-provoking extras is Ali's inclusion of a discussion by Todd Haynes (Safe), whose film Far from Heaven (2002) offers yet another thematic variation. VERDICT Movie aficionados will enjoy comparing the two newly restored films; other viewers-mainly Turner Classic Movie fans-will opt for Sirk's Tinseltown approach.-Jeff T. Dick, Davenport, IA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.