Beginning tomorrow the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre in L.A. shines the spotlight on one of my favorite directors Douglas Sirk, showcasing the heightened melodramas he made at Universal in the 1950s. Aside from inspiring an entire generation of filmmakers, Sirk's work directly influenced Todd Haynes acclaimed 2002 film Far From Heaven.
The American Cinematheque will be screening the 1959 drama Imitation of Life, which examines two mother-and-daughter relationships — one white (Lana Turner and Sandra Dee) and one black (Juanita Moore and Susan Kohner). Kohner and Moore received Oscar nominations. Also on the bill is 1953's All I Desire, the story of a failed actress who returns to her small hometown after a decade to visit her estranged husband and children.
One of Sirk's most popular films, All That Heaven Allows will also be featured on the big screen. All That Heaven Allows is the story of a suburban widow (Jane Wyman) with two grown children who falls in love with her much younger gardener (Rock Hudson). Other highlights include 1954's excellent film Magnificent Obsession and 1951's rarely seen The First Legion.
See the American Cinematheque site for details.