Your Friday Film Club for the month of December features an assortment of holiday-related films with an emphasis on "Family Tension". For the second installment, we selected Douglas Sirk's profoundly felt 1955 film about class and conformity in small-town America. All That Heaven Allows is considered to be a pinnacle of expressionistic Hollywood melodrama.
This exquisite indictment of 1950s mores by Sirk (Written on the Wind, Imitation of Life) follows the star-crossed romance between a well-off widow (Jane Wyman) and her younger gardener (Rock Hudson). When their romance prompts the scorn of her children and friends, she must decide whether to pursue her own happiness or carry on a lonely, hemmed-in existence in deference to her community