For The Film Experience, I took part in this week’s edition “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” in which you pick your favorite shot from a chosen film. This edition covers Douglas Sirk’s 1955 All That Heaven Allows.
Sirk establishes his color motif less than two minutes into the film. While the bright auburn and stark blues are a constant (and vibrant) contrast, I love Rock Hudson’s character in plain khaki off to the side. This world of country clubs and high-class parties is all about the extremes, but Hudson’s unassuming arborist almost melds into the background. This shot conveys the entire premise of the film, which is maintained throughout.
If you haven’t had the opportunity to watch the film, it’s a fantastic critique on the byproduct of gossip and standing in the 1950’s. I highly recommend it. It is currently on the Criterion Channel.
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