All That Heaven Allows DVD|
Cary Scott (Jane Wyman) is a well-to-do widow gradually re-entering a social life amongst her mostly dull country club peers. 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 club folk.from£N/A | RRP:
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All That Heaven Allows Andrew Porter
I'd read about this film, especially about its influence on FOX AND HIS FRIENDS (such a pity it isn't available on Region 2 DVD, except in a boxed set that I don't actually want) and on FAR FROM HEAVEN, and put it on my ever expanding wish list. Thanks to this excellent website, which I only discovered recently, I found a copy for £5.99 and free shipping, so ordered it.
I watched it on my laptop two days ago on a grey and wet afternoon, the perfect time to see it. The colours are so lush, the acting just right, the music perfectly complementing the story. Yes, it's very American and 1950s, and some of the performances by modern day standards could be seen to be a tad hammy but it's brilliant, well worth a view. In some areas the social attitudes are still prevalent today, some 50 years later. The ending brought tears to my eyes.
There are those who would call it schmaltzy but that's up to them. For me, it was perfect.
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