ALL THAT HEAVEN ALLOWS
1955, Universal, 89 min, USA, Dir: Douglas Sirk

Jane Wyman, a lonely widow with two spoiled, almost grown children (William Reynolds, Gloria Talbot) as well as a circle of snobbish, upper-middle-class friends, suddenly finds herself falling in love with her gardener (Rock Hudson). Director Douglas Sirk examines the curious cultural barriers we set up for ourselves regarding love, skewering age and class differences in the process as well as championing fearless independence of the individual spirit - something that was not so common in the 1950s. One of the most subversive love stories of 20th-century cinema and a prime inspiration for Todd Haynes' acclaimed FAR FROM HEAVEN.


GIANT
1956
2011, Warner Bros., 201 min, USA, Dir: George Stevens

Rock Hudson, Elizabeth Taylor and James Dean (in his last role) star in this sprawling account of the rise of a Texas oil family. Stevens moves back and forth between epic social commentary and intimate family melodrama with ease, and Boris Levin’s stunning art direction is a wonder to behold on the big screen. Stevens won the Academy Award for Best Director.


MAN'S FAVORITE SPORT?
1964, Universal, 120 min, Dir: Howard Hawks

This later-era Howard Hawks classic stars Rock Hudson and Paula Prentiss as Roger and Abby, two headstrong overachievers wrangled into the ultimate battle of the sexes when Roger, the leading expert on sports fishing, is entered in a local fishing contest. The problem? Roger's never fished in his life. Delightful mayhem ensues as Roger and Abby unskillfully deal with the great outdoors.


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