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Still from Carl Elsaesser's Home When You Return (2021) courtesy Carl Elsaesser

All That Heaven Allows preceded by Home When You Return

Carl Elsaesser in person

Douglas Sirk: Torture and Ecstasy

  • Saturday, April 15, 2023
  • 2:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
  • East Building Auditorium
  • Films
  • In-person
  • Registration Required

All That Heaven Allows stars Jane Wyman as a wealthy widow who falls head over heels for a younger man: a handsome, single, and rugged tree surgeon played to the hilt by Rock Hudson. Will their unconventional romance survive social and familial scrutiny? (Douglas Sirk, 1955, DCP, 89 minutes)

Preceded by Home When You Return, a recent short that quotes various cinematic tropes developed by Sirk. The film "… explores the psychogeographies of mourning through a variety of modes, from documentary to melodrama. Emptied and put up for sale following its matriarch’s passing, the family home becomes the site of a winding tour through polymorphic representations of the past in media and memory." - NYFF Currents (Carl Elsaesser, 2021, 30 minutes).