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Magnificent Obsession (1954)

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Magnificent indeed, this melodrama from German emigre director Douglas Sirk, adapted from the famous novel by Lloyd Douglas. It’s an instance of Technicolor kitsch glory that brought fame to Rock Hudson and remains an exemplar of the genre. The top talent from Universal-International were assembled and became a regular team for Sirk’s cycle of middle class hysteria.Amazing locations (principally around Big Bear Lake at San Bernardino National Forest), beautiful, colour coded costumes and interiors amplify the central premise which is of course ludicrous:  a selfish millionaire whose antics have caused the death of a local doctor himself returns to medical school to restore the sight of the man’s widow with whom he falls in love. Fabulous!

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