Barbara Stanwyck in All I Desire (1953)
Barbara Stanwyck in All I Desire (1953)
All I Desire (1953)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

All I Desire

Introduction by author Tom Ryan

Douglas Sirk | USA | 1953 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 24 Aug 2022

At the behest of her daughter – who has taken a lead role in the final-year high-school play – a fading vaudeville artist returns to visit the family she abandoned before pursuing her ultimately lacklustre stage career. Sirk brilliantly deploys stark black-and-white compositions and sweeping camera movements to precisely register a vivid small-town American milieu, compelling this simple family melodrama toward its heavy and moving climax. Featuring a characteristically sharp and bold lead performance by Barbara Stanwyck.

To be introduced by Tom Ryan, author of The Films of Douglas Sirk: Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions (2019).

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: Universal
Runtime: 80 mins

Event duration

80 mins


Unclassified (15+)


Cinema 1, Level 2
ACMI, Fed Square

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About the program

Best known as the director of a string of lavish Hollywood melodramas made for Universal Pictures in the 1950s, Douglas Sirk’s (1897–1987) feature-film career spanned almost 40 films between 1935 and 1959. He was a successful theatre director in Weimar Germany prior to transferring his passion and critical eye to the silver screen, moving from Nazi Germany to the United States in the late 1930s.

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