Director: Douglas Sirk

89 mins, U.S.A., 1955, Digital

This film screened 28th February 2016.

Brunch + film €16; film only is normal IFI pricing. Sunday brunch is served 12pm – 4pm.

Our monthly indulgent Sunday afternoon of brunch and a classic film.

This month’s Hangover Lounge sees German director Douglas Sirk direct Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson in the influential and sincerely heartfelt Hollywood melodrama All That Heaven Allows. Wyman plays Cary Scott, a wealthy suburban widow who tentatively embarks on a relationship with her gardener, an earthy and liberated younger man named Ron Kirby, played by Hudson. When Cary tells her prissy grown-up children and country-club friends that she and Ron are engaged, they are disdainful, disapproving of her marrying a man so resistant to conformity. With much to say about class, snobbery and social mores in 1950s America, this nevertheless remains a timeless story of love and moral integrity. (Notes by Alice Butler)

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