Douglas Sirk

All That Heaven Allows

All That Heaven Allows

This heartbreakingly beautiful indictment of 1950s American mores by Douglas Sirk follows the blossoming love between a well-off widow (Jane Wyman) and her handsome and earthy younger gardener (Rock Hudson). When their romance prompts the scorn of her children and 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. With the help of ace cinematographer Russell Metty, Sirk imbues nearly every shot with a vivid and distinct emotional tenor. A profoundly felt film about class and conformity in small-town America, All That Heaven Allows is a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.

Film Info

  • Douglas Sirk
  • United States
  • 1955
  • 89 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.75:1
  • English
  • Spine #95

Special Features

  • 2K digital restoration
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholars John Mercer and Tamar Jeffers-McDonald
  • Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport
  • French television interview with director Douglas Sirk from 1982
  • Excerpts from Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director
  • Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including All That Heaven Allows
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay on Sirk by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cover by Robert Hunt

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Special Features

  • 2K digital restoration
  • Audio commentary featuring film scholars John Mercer and Tamar Jeffers-McDonald
  • Rock Hudson’s Home Movies (1992), a groundbreaking essay film about the actor by Mark Rappaport
  • French television interview with director Douglas Sirk from 1982
  • Excerpts from Behind the Mirror: A Profile of Douglas Sirk, a 1979 BBC documentary featuring rare interview footage with the director
  • Contract Kid: William Reynolds on Douglas Sirk, a 2007 interview with the actor, who costarred in three Sirk films, including All That Heaven Allows
  • Trailer
  • A booklet featuring an essay by film scholar Laura Mulvey and an excerpt from a 1971 essay on Sirk by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder

Cover by Robert Hunt

All That Heaven Allows
Cast
Jane Wyman
Cary Scott
Rock Hudson
Ron Kirby
Agnes Moorehead
Sara Warren
Conrad Nagel
Harvey
Virginia Grey
Alida Anderson
Gloria Talbott
Kay Scott
William Reynolds
Ned Scott
Charles Drake
Mick Anderson
Hayden Rorke
Dr. Hennessy
Jacqueline de Wit
Mona Plash
Leigh Snowden
Jo-Ann
Donald Curtis
Howard Hoffer
Alex Gerry
George Warren
Nestor Paiva
Manuel
Forrest Lewis
Mr. Weeks
Tol Avery
Tom Allenby
Merry Anders
Mary Ann
Credits
Director
Douglas Sirk
Producer
Ross Hunter
Screenplay
Peg Fenwick
Based on the story by
Edna L. Lee
Based on the story by
Harry Lee
Cinematography
Russell Metty
Art direction
Alexander Golitzen
Art direction
Eric Orbom
Set decoration
Russell A. Gausman
Set decoration
Julia Heron
Editing
Frank Gross
Music
Frank Skinner

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