- Sat-Sun, April 6-7Dir. Douglas Sirk, USA, 1954, 107 min., NR, 35mmOfficial Website
Douglas Sirk’s string of 1950s melodramas were among Universal’s greatest successes. A remake of John Stahl’s 1935 film/adaptation, MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION made Rock Hudson a star. When careless philanderer Bob Merrick (Hudson) wrecks his boat and indirectly causes the death of a beloved local doctor, he tries to make amends to the man’s widow, Helen (Jane Wyman, in an Oscar-nominated role). After Helen is accidentally blinded, a smitten Merrick sets out to make a genuine change in his life, restore Helen’s sight and win her heart. Co-stars Barbara Rush and Agnes Moorehead.
Pre-screening lecture on MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION and the work of director Douglas Sirk. With Chuck Stephens, contributing editor and columnist for "Film Comment" magazine, writer and columnist for "Cinema Scope" magazine, and film studies instructor at Watkins College of Art, Design & Film. Tickets are $18 ($16 for Belcourt members). Price includes film ticket, with coffee, juice and breakfast snacks.