Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman in All That Heaven Allows (1955)
Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman in All That Heaven Allows (1955)
All That Heaven Allows (1955)

The Melbourne Cinémathèque & ACMI present

All That Heaven Allows

Douglas Sirk | USA | 1955 | Unclassified (15+)

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Wed 31 Aug 2022

This classic Sirk melodrama (later reworked by Rainer Werner Fassbinder as Ali: Fear Eats the Soul and Todd Haynes as Far from Heaven) shot by the incomparable Russell Metty in glorious Technicolor, features an outstanding central performance by Jane Wyman as an upper-class widow torn between worldly passion for her Thoreau-reading gardener (Rock Hudson) and the rigid social pressures, material comforts and class expectations of both her deeply conservative children and the stultifyingly picturesque New England town they live in. With Agnes Moorehead.

Format: 35mm
Language: English
Source: Universal
Runtime: 89 mins

Event duration

89 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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