All That Heaven Allows (1955)
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I used to think I knew what melodrama was. Then I saw All That Heaven Allows.
"Written on the Wind" might qualify as camp (not that "camp" is really a pejorative) - this film does not. Though it is definitely strongly stylized (though not excessively so), it's not marked by any particular irony or kitschy elements - it gently, intelligently undermines some of the social conventions of the time. It's also incredibly, surprisingly emotionally involving.
@monty: The current critical theory on Sirk is that his melodramas were actually very subtle satires. Not quite camp, but certainly overwrought (and intentionally so).
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This movie ranks #17 in The New York Times's Book of Movies
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