SAME goes for the riveting performance of ROBERT STACK ....not sure what gives here - there are SO MANY MANY interpretations since then ... sterile? homophobic? alcoholic? Impotent? ... this one says it all and very NOM worthy for the stunning Mr. Stack [very hunkworthy - those bedroom scenes with Bacall].
As a matter of fact - all the leads, HUDSON, BACALL, STACK AND MALONE, provide great eye-candy. A pristine version of the DOUG SIRK stunner by Criterion.
Photography. Costumes, Art Direction as well as the score - all superlative!
To go on would be pointless - considering the censorship during this era ... this one still shines.
Nice cameo by GRANT WILLIAMS as the pump jockey ogled by Malone .... if you like your drama slightly OEDIPAL give or take a smattering of O'Neill ... grab an eyeful here.
This movie was groundbreaking in several ways. It can be descibed best as a soap opera.
It is the story of a family and their relationship with friend of one of the family members. A man falls in love with the sister of his best friend. Later both of them fall in love with a different woman who they fight over. She later marries one of them but when she becomes pregnant, the husband, believing himself to be sterile, accuses his friend of being the father.
The film deals with subjects rarely (if ever) mentioned in movies of the time and sparked controversey as a result.
The DVD has theatrical trailers for both this film and the film "All That Heaven Allows" which was also directed by Douglas Sirk and released by Criterion as well. There is also a huge presentation and slideshow of many of Douglas Sirk's other films.
While everyone was weeping & drinking & loving & longing, I couldn't help but wonder why Lucy (Lauren Bacall) married the drunk guy in the first place- it was never explained & everyone would have been saved a lot of grief if she had just kept her distance. But alas, there would have been no movie.
If you think there's drama in your life, watch this movie. You may not have the soundtrack to accompany your highs & lows- but it will teach you that even your burnt toast can be a true moment of despair if you just play it up a little.
Fun to watch, but hard to take seriously.