- All That Heaven Allows
Infobox Film | name = All That Heaven Allows
caption = Original theatrical poster
writer = Story:
Jane Wyman Rock Hudson
music =Frank Skinner
Universal International Pictures
released = flagicon|USA
runtime = 89 min.
language = English
amg_id = 1:83484
imdb_id = 0047811
"All That Heaven Allows" (1955) is a romance
feature filmstarring Jane Wymanand Rock Hudsonin a story about a well-to-do widow falling in love with a young landscape designer. The screenplay was written by Peg Fenwickbased upon a story by Edna L. Leeand Harry Lee. The film was directed by Douglas Sirkand produced by Ross Hunter. In 1995, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. "All That Heaven Allows" has been broadcast on American television and is available in VHS and DVD format.
"All That Heaven Allows" is a melodrama set in a small town. Cary Scott (
Jane Wyman) is a well-to-do widowgradually re-entering a social life amongst her mostly dull country clubpeers. Her only apparent enjoyment in life comes from weekend visits from her college-age children. Cary then meets a handsome younger man, Ron ( Rock Hudson), who owns a small landscaping business. Ron is a follower of Henry David Thoreau's " Walden", and "hears a different drummer", enjoying a life focused on nature; he is deliberately uninterested in the gossipy opinions of others. Their romance causes clashes and tensions between Cary, her children and the country clubfolk but, in defiance of social norms, the two are united at film's end.
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*Ron Kirby (
*Sara Warren (
*Alida Anderson (
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*Mona Plash (
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Universal-International Pictures wanted to follow up on the pairing of Wyman and Hudson from Douglas Sirk's "
Magnificent Obsession". Sirk found the screenplay for "All That Heaven Allows" "rather impossible" but was able to restructure it and use the big budget to film and edit the work exactly the way he wanted.Fact|date=February 2007
The title is probably taken from the poem "Love and Life" by
John Wilmot(1647–1680), the last stanza of which is:
Then talk not of inconstancy,False hearts, and broken vows:If I by miracle can beThis live-long minute true to thee,'Tis all that heaven allows. [ [http://www.bartleby.com/101/414.html 414. Love and Life. John Wilmot, Earl of Rochester. The Oxford Book of English Verse ] ]
Bosley Crowther generally panned the film and commented in the "
New York Times" of February 29, 1956: "The script was obviously written to bring [Wyman] and Mr. Hudson, who made a popular twosome in the " Magnificent Obsession," together again. Solid and sensible drama plainly had to give way to outright emotional bulldozing and a paving of easy clichés." [ [http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9506E5DB153CE03BBC4151DFB466838D649EDE "New York Times" Review] ]
Awards and honors
In 1995, "All That Heaven Allows" was selected for preservation in the United States
National Film Registryby the Library of Congressas being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".
References in other films
"All That Heaven Allows" was the inspiration for
Rainer Werner Fassbinder's "" (1974) in which a mature woman falls in love with an Arabman. The film was spoofed by John Waters with his 1981 film "Polyester". Todd Haynes' " Far From Heaven" (2002) is an homageto Sirk's work, in particular "All That Heaven Allows" and "Imitation of Life".
* [http://www.criterion.com/asp/release.asp?id=95&eid=103§ion=essay Criterion Collection essay by Laura Mulvey]
* [http://www.imagesjournal.com/issue10/reviews/sirk/text.htm DVD Review]
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