Thursday 08 January 1998
I don't know why the NFT has gone to the trouble of calling this Douglas Sirk season "Magnificent Obsessions". They should just have called it "Hanky Month" and had done with it. From the torrid title to the actors tearing their hearts out, this is prime movie melodrama. In tune with the rest of Hollywood history, Universal took one look at Sirk's success teaming Jane Wyman with Rock Hudson in Magnificent Obsession and wanted to know if there was more where that came from. Happily, there most certainly was, with Rock doing time in the rockery as a gorgeous gardener who wins the heart of widowed Wyman who just happens to be 15 years older than him. When you consider the offensive drivel written about Ralph Fiennes and his supposedly "extraordinary relationship" with Francesca Annis, you'll see that (double) standards haven't changed. Sadly for them, they don't have the great Agnes Moorehead running around as third lead.
Life & Style blogs
City traders pay £200 for a quick hangover cure
Stephen Hawking: NHS is Britain's finest public service and must be preserved from commercial interests
The enemy within: People who hear voices in their heads are being encouraged to talk back
The Pirate Bay is back — but key staff have left to start a rival site
Eight-year-old girl Camilla Lisant suggests possible cancer treatment to her scientist father over the dinner table
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
President Putin is a dangerous psychopath - reason is not going to work with him
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
Britain's widening poverty gap should be causing outrage at the start of the election campaign
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- 4 Gorillaz Phase 4: Cartoon supergroup is back as new artwork is unveiled
- 5 Benedict Cumberbatch's Alan Turing gay-rights campaign snubbed by Prince William and Kate Middleton
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