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It’s not very often that you get the chance to spend a day at Trident Studios in Soho, the recording studio where Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars, Transformer and the Beatles White Album were recorded. Even more exciting than that is that I was recording at Trident Studios because I had been asked by Issa Clubb a senior producer at Criterion to provide an audio commentary for my all time favourite film, Douglas Sirk’s All That Heaven Allows. I was joined by my colleague and fellow melodrama researcher Tamar Jeffers McDonald and we spent a long and really exciting day discussing the film in detail, its production context, the performances of its stars and the very distinctive aspects of lighting, framing, camera work and production design that are cumulatively often described as the Sirkian System.

The restoration is fabulous and the film never looked more beautiful.

http://www.criterion.com/films/635-all-that-heaven-allows

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray

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Birmingham Centre For Media And Cultural Research

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