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  • IMITATION OF LIFE
    3:00 7:05
  • ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS
    1:15 5:20 9:45

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IMITATION OF LIFE  & ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

IMI​TATION OF LIFE

(Sirk version)

(1959, Douglas Sirk) Lana Turner neglects both daughter Sandra Dee and faithful friend John Gavin en route to acting stardom; while faithful servant Juanita Moore’s daughter Susan Kohner breaks her mom’s heart by “passing for white.” Oscar nominations for Moore and Jewish-Hispanic Kohner. Approx. 124 min. 35mm.
3:00, 7:05 

“The biggest grosser in Universal's history until the release of Airport, yet it's also one of the most intellectually demanding films ever made in Hollywood... By emphasizing brilliant surfaces, bold colors, and the spatial complexities of 50s modern architecture, Sirk creates a world of illusion, entrapment, and emotional desperation”
– Dave Kehr

IMITATION OF LIFE  & ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS

ALL THAT HEAVEN ALL​OWS

(1955, Douglas Sirk) Wealthy widow Jane Wyman finds love with much younger gardener Rock Hudson — who takes off his shirt to shave — but her family is aghast. Approx. 89 min. 35mm.
1:15, 5:20, 9:45

 

“A masterpiece by one of the most inventive and recondite directors ever to work in Hollywood. The stuff of a standard weepie, you might think, until Sirk's camera begins to draw a deeply disturbing, deeply compassionate portrait of a woman trapped by stifling moral and social codes. Sirk's meaning is conveyed almost entirely by his mise-en-scene—a world of glistening, treacherous surfaces, of objects that take on a terrifying life of their own.”
– Dave Kehr