Produced in the wake of Henry Koster’s CinemaScope adaptation of Douglas’ THE ROBE, Sirk’s 1954 remake of MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION is, by any standard, an absolutely batshit movie. (It’s the kind of film where a lecture about the radical power of kindness compares the crucifixion of Christ to the act of turning on a light bulb.) It’s not so much an adaptation of Douglas as a third-hand amplification of his aura.
Kyle A. Westphal, Kathleen Sachs
May 22, 2015