DOUBLE SIRK

Douglas Sirk’s ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS (1955) and MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954), part of the Film Society of Lincoln Center series Emotion Pictures—International Melodramas, will screen on New Year’s Day.

A potent influence on FassbinderWong Kar-wai, Todd Haynes and many others, these masterpieces (along with Sirk’s Written on the Wind and Imitation of Life) are the high-water mark of overwrought Hollywood melodrama.

“Setting arch-American characters and tales in lurid tableaux of riotous colors and tangled shadows, catching the frozen moments of contemplative self-horror of furiously dynamic characters and the stifled energies of reflective ones, Sirk plays ironic variations on American themes.” — Richard Brody*

 

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS, Monday, January 1, at 7 pm.

filmlinc.org/films/all-that-heaven-allows

MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION, Monday, January 1, at 9:15 pm.

filmlinc.org/films/magnificent-obsession

WALTER READE THEATER, 165 West 65th Street, New York City.

newyorker.com/richard-brody/written-on-the-wind

Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in Magnificent Obsession (1954). Image credit: Universal Pictures.

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