Things are getting emotional at New York’s Museum of the Moving Image this August. As part of its recurring See It Big! series, the institution is presenting a selection of great Hollywood melodramas, from the 1930s to the 2000s, by such directors as Vincente Minnelli, Nicholas Ray, John Stahl, William Wyler, and many more. Of course, Douglas Sirk is well represented, and the program is launching on Saturday with his exquisite All That Heaven Allows, featuring Jane Wyman as an upper-middle-class widow who falls for her handsome younger gardener, much to the chagrin of her community. Watch a lyrical, expressionistic sequence from the film below to get a sense of Sirk’s artistry.
Two Stark Visions of the American Underbelly Hit the Big Screen
A new restoration of the groundbreaking vérité documentary Streetwise joins its companion piece, Tiny: the Life of Eric Blackwell, at New York’s Metrograph theater this weekend.