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Want to see: 'All That Heaven Allows.' I feel a Todd Solondz bender coming on; I think I'll warm up with some old time Douglas Sirk.

Want to see: 'All That Heaven Allows.' I feel a Todd Solondz bender coming on; I think I'll warm up with some old time Douglas Sirk.

ColorTherapy in Film: Le Samouraï

Arthur & Kristin's Sunny Vintage Loft — House Tour

ColorTherapy in Film: Le Samouraï

Alain Delon e Annie Girardot in una scena di Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960), di Luchino Visconti.

Alain Delon e Annie Girardot in una scena di Rocco e i suoi fratelli (1960), di Luchino Visconti.

Kay Scott: It’s about time you wore something besides that old black velvet. Cary Scott: Is it? Kay Scott: Of course. Personally, I’ve never subscribed to that old Egyptian custom. At least I think it was Egypt. Cary Scott: What Egyptian custom? Kay Scott: Of walling up the widow alive in the funeral chamber of her dead husband along with his other possessions. The theory being that she was a possession too. She was supposed to journey into death with him. The community saw to it that she…

Kay Scott: It’s about time you wore something besides that old black velvet. Cary Scott: Is it? Kay Scott: Of course. Personally, I’ve never subscribed to that old Egyptian custom. At least I think it was Egypt. Cary Scott: What Egyptian custom? Kay Scott: Of walling up the widow alive in the funeral chamber of her dead husband along with his other possessions. The theory being that she was a possession too. She was supposed to journey into death with him. The community saw to it that she…

Jacquot de Nantes

Jacquot de Nantes

All That Heaven Allows (1955). Art Direction Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom. Set Decoration Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron.

All That Heaven Allows (1955). Art Direction Alexander Golitzen, Eric Orbom. Set Decoration Russell A. Gausman, Julia Heron.

I Heart Huckabees

I Heart Huckabees

Subtext or not, "All That Heaven Allows" works great as straight melodrama.  More than anything else, though, "All That Heaven Allows" is simply a stunning visual achievement, with Douglas Sirk employing deeply saturated color and geometrical compositions (note how often a vertical line separates Cary and Ron in the frame) to rapturous effect.

Subtext or not, All That Heaven Allows works great as straight melodrama

Subtext or not, "All That Heaven Allows" works great as straight melodrama. More than anything else, though, "All That Heaven Allows" is simply a stunning visual achievement, with Douglas Sirk employing deeply saturated color and geometrical compositions (note how often a vertical line separates Cary and Ron in the frame) to rapturous effect.

Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman in ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955). Directed by Douglas Sirk.

Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman in ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955). Directed by Douglas Sirk.

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