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All I Desire

Introduction by author Tom Ryan Douglas Sirk | USA | 1953 | Unclassified (15+) At the behest of her daughter – who has taken a lead role in the final-year high-school play – a fading vaudeville artist returns…

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Screenings

Venue

Cinema 1, Level 2, ACMI

Location

Fed Square

Introduction by author Tom Ryan

Douglas Sirk | USA | 1953 | Unclassified (15+)

At the behest of her daughter – who has taken a lead role in the final-year high-school play – a fading vaudeville artist returns to visit the family she abandoned before pursuing her ultimately lacklustre stage career. Sirk brilliantly deploys stark black-and-white compositions and sweeping camera movements to precisely register a vivid small-town American milieu, compelling this simple family melodrama toward its heavy and moving climax. Featuring a characteristically sharp and bold lead performance by Barbara Stanwyck.

To be introduced by Tom Ryan, author of The Films of Douglas Sirk: Exquisite Ironies and Magnificent Obsessions (2019).

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