It doesn’t aim for high art, but instead indulges in trashiness. Even with its ridiculous moral compass — this is a Christian ass movie — Sirk mysteriously (and I say mysterious because I truly can’t figure it out) works it out. What we get is a film that’s not immediately as ironic or critical as some of his later works, but one that is nonetheless masterfully sugary.
Not sold on the romantic pairing of Wyman and Hudson as they never really feel perfect for each other, but the decor and melodrama that push what would have been a season-long soap opera arc into one film is engaging and fun enough. The one and only original THE Rock also do one of his better roles here as he goes from non-caring playboy to a gentle and loving doctor.
Really couldn't get on with this. The minute the celestial choirs come on the soundtrack you just know that it's going to be religiously inspired redemption with quite a lot of mawkish sentimentality for good measure. Have been really engaged by other Sirk but sadly not this one.
As wonderful and entertaining as it is melodramatic and preposterous, Magnificent Obsession is arguably THE great Douglas Sirk film, helped along by central performances from Rock Hudson, Jane Wyman, and Agnes Moorhead. It shouldn't work, because you should be laughing at the ridiculousness of it all, but it does. Oh, it really does.
Bizarre misogynistic fantasy. Kill a woman's husband, hound her til she becomes so emotionally and physically vulnerable that she has no more defences against you, lodge yourself in her family after she runs away from you, then literally put your hands inside her head while she lies semi-lifeless on an operating table. Full of dodgy symbology - not to mention the actual witch burning!
After a promising start this film slipped down into mawkish cliches of woman as perfect angel and rakish man redeeming himself having realised the error of his ways. It hasn't aged well. The painted backdrops and swollen violin music add further far from subtle artifice to two dimensional characters playing out their roles with little originality but much predictability. Dissapointing apart from her fab sunglasses.