The Magnificent Obsession

Nov 13, 2012

(Douglas Sirk, United States, 1954, 35mm, 108 min)

If ever a movie was made that could be called an American opera, then this was it: the story of a spoiled young man who falls in love with a widow after indirectly causing her husband’s death. The hero’s “obsession” with making compassion the new focus of his life plays out against saturated pictures of middle America, and even the leading man, Hollywood legend Rock Hudson, looks too perfect to be real. The irresistible allure of this modern fairytale makes it a must-see for film lovers and film historians alike.

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