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Join Queenstown Film Society and you can enjoy 20 quality films on the big screen for just $120. Our hand-picked 2015 season features a broad selection of movies from Hollywood classics and recent world cinema, to thought-provoking documentaries and the best of New Zealand's local talent. We screen every Tuesday night (except July School holidays) at 8.30 pm from 21 April to 15 September 2015 in the comfort of Dorothy Brown's luxurious arthouse cinema. Full membership runs for 12 months from the date you sign up, so you won't miss out if you join part way through the season. New members can join before any screening or take advantage of our three-film sampler - an ideal taster or great if you're visiting Queenstown.

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26th May 2015: All That Heaven Allows

Douglas Sirk, USA 1955 (G cert)

Rock Hudson comes to prune widow Jane Wyman’s garden and uproots her sterile, upper-middle-class suburban life in this elegiac mood piece that inspired Fassbinder’s Fear Eats the Soul and Todd Haynes’ Far from Heaven.
Movie Info 
One of director Douglas Sirk's best and most successful romantic soapers of the 1950s, All That Heaven Allows is predicated on a May-December romance. The difference here is that the woman, attractive widow Cary Scott (Jane Wyman), is considerably older than the man, handsome gardener-landscaper Ron Kirby (Rock Hudson). Sirk builds up sympathy for Cary by showing how empty her life has been since her husband's death, even suggesting that the marriage itself was no picnic. Throwing conventional behaviour to the winds and facing social ostracism, Cary pursues her romance with Ron, who is unjustly perceived as a fortune-hunter by Cary's friends and family--especially her priggish son Ned (William Reynolds). Amusingly, Conrad Nagel was to have had a much larger part as Harvey, an elderly widower who carries a torch for Cary, but his role was trimmed down during previews when audiences disapproved of an implicit romance between a sixtyish man and a fortysomething woman! 
All That Heaven Allows was remade by unabashed Douglas Sirk admirer Rainer Werner Fassbinder as Ali--Fear Eats the Soul (1974), in which the age gap between hero and heroine was even wider.

Cast: Jane Wyman as Cary Scott, Rock Hudson as Ron Kirby, Conrad Nagel as Harvey, Agnes Moorehead as Sara Warren, Virginia Grey as Alida Anderson, Gloria Talbott as Kay Scott