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Legit Review: 'Far From Heaven'
It's really hard to pull off a production style that says: "Yoo-hoo, I'm being ironic here!" without patronizing or caricaturing its targets of irony. Todd Haynes executed this risky directorial maneuver in his stylized 2002 movie, "Far from Heaven," an ironic homage to Douglas Sirk's 1955 domestic melodrama, "All That Heaven Allows," itself a more delicately ironic reference to the romantic weepies that Hollywood produced during the socially intolerant and repressive 1950s. But while this musical version of "Far from Heaven" means to notch up the irony, it mainly patronizes and caricatures its targets of irony.
June 3, 2013