Telluride Film Fest Cinematheque: “Magnificent Obsession” Monday

Telluride Film Fest Cinematheque: “Magnificent Obsession” Monday

Telluride Film Festival Cinematheque series at the Wilkinson Public Library: “Technicolor Explored.” “Magnificent Obsession” screens Monday, November 2. 6 p.m. Free to all.


The Telluride Film Festival and Wilkinson Public Library are thrilled to continue a four-part series entitled “Technicolor Explored.”

Rich and heavily saturated, Technicolor became a tool used to emphasize imaginative story lines and sets, and to transition the vividness of our imaginations to celluloid.

Next month explodes with MAGNIFICENT OBSESSION (1954, 108 minutes, Unrated). From director Douglas Sirk, Variety hailed the film as a “moving human drama, which packs emotional impact.” 

In this Academy Award-nominated cinematic version of Lloyd C. Douglas’ novel, Rock Hudson is a reckless playboy who is indirectly responsible for the death of a beloved doctor through an accident with a speedboat. The doctor’s widow, Jane Wyman, will not accept apologies for her husband’s death. However, when she is blinded (again due to an inadvertent mistake by Hudson), he makes the bold, philanthropic decision to help her anonymously through a lifetime of service.

“Every step depends on stifled emotions and closely guarded secrets,” wrote the New Yorker, “resulting in a buildup of operatic passion that endows everyday gestures and inflections with grandeur and nobility.” 

With host and TFF ringmaster, Seth Berg.

For a preview, watch this trailer:



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