That Heaven Allows/C,C+
One day widow Cary Scott notices Ron Kirby snipping at her bushes. Cary makes
moon eyes at the gardener and invites him to share some coffee. You'd never guess while Ron sits
with a tree up his bottom and Cary plants niceties that these two people will find a common ground
for sex. Beneath the staid exterior of the New England town a smutty undercrust fermented on
hypocritical social mores rules the day.
Plot and execution are very dated. The town gossip is more suited to a
comedy than a romantic soap. The attitude of Cary's children, at least as expressed in the film, is
close to ridiculous. The daughter spouts social mantra like a broken teapot pours tea. The son
should have been thrown out of the house before the action began. Cary's best friend is a
reasonable creation. The liveliest scenes take place with Ron's circle of friends. They are a
charming mix of big city refugees, hard working immigrants and backwoods mainstays.
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There's a scene in Ron Kirby's newly transformed old mill home that look like
it was created by a window dresser for Macy's. Big flakes are flowing outside the huge paned
picture window and frost has formed perfectly surrounding the perimeter's of each section. It looks
like Kirby must have gotten a trendy New York decorator to pull his house in order. The guy will
resort to anything to convince matronly Cary Scott to slip into the marriage bed. Rock Hudson gives
Ron Kirby the big tree school of acting treatment. It's pretty tough for him to make a convincing
case for wooing Wyman's Cary Scott, so why not tantalize her with tales of tall white tipped
Rock Hudson playing Ron Kirby tries hard enough to put the moves on Jane
Wyman as Cary. The big question, unanswered by the film, is why? There's little screen
chemistry between them.
Director Douglas Sirk helms in high style, creating picture postcard scenes
between the teardrops and snow flakes. The script leaves little room for audience concern for the
The original elements appear somewhat less vibrant than an early fall New
England landscape. There's a slight tinge of brown mixed in with the overall color. Color pulsing
at scene transitions and some misregistration, especially in the country club sequence. There are
minor intrusions of source dirt and a few scenes are less than perfectly sharp. Contrast is fine
with plenty of overall light output. Shadow detail is in good balance. The mono sound is clean.
Criterion gives All That Heaven Allows a special edition treatment including an
hour of filmed excerpts from a 1979 BBC documentary featuring lots of interview footage with
director Sirk. An written essay by filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder is presented with still
photos. There's also a step-through presentation of promotional materials and still photos and the
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