Stories within stories. The 2002 movie "Far From Heaven" was dedicated
the director's grandfather, who was a union organizer and a Communist who
left studio work during the blacklist era.
For the score, director Todd Haynes brought in composer Elmer Bernstein -
who studios had
to hire during the
And the film was inspired by the 1950s melodramas of another famous
director. In an interview,
the life of Douglas Sirk.
"His second wife was Jewish, and he had a difficult time getting her out
of Nazi Germany.
"Meanwhile, his first wife, a Nazi sympathizer, made their son a star of
the Nazi youth cinema. Because she
wouldn't let him see the child, he had to watch propaganda films to keep
abreast of his little boy, on the screen
wearing Nazi regalia. When the
child died, the Nazi cinema was his last connection to his son..."
You have to wonder if his life influenced his work. Here's how the
"Sirk recoiled at the studio's insistence on happy endings,
finding them unrealistic conclusions to the conflicts that preceded
them. Thus, Sirk's films are filled with some of the unhappiest happy
endings ever recorded on film. Technically, life goes on and the
assumption is that everyone lives happily ever after, but any thoughtful
observation of the story's dynamics will alert the viewer to the
unlikeliness of that ever occurring."
The 2002 Far From Heaven apparently owes some of its plot to Sirk's 1955 film All that Heaven
"When widowed Jane Wyman wants to make it with younger and Thoreau-quoting
gardener Rock Hudson..."
And during the filming of Far From Heaven, Julianne Moore